The Making Of Unintent Dye Should Be Made Publicly Accessible To Everyone

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However, there is just one problem with this. Most textile dyes that you buy in a shop are filled with a LOT of nasty chemicals, which after the dyeing process are most likely going to end up down your drain and washed into our waterways. This defeats the purpose of upcycling clothes to stop them from going to waste, if you will be polluting in the process.

But don't worry, because I have a great alternative for you! - use natural dyes which you can easily make at home. Before there were ready made dyes available for purchase, natural dyes where the only way to give fabrics and clothing beautiful colours.

I have experimented a lot with using natural dyes, and it's a really fun and rewarding process especially the end result. Also, it's a great way to use up scraps of food that may have been thrown out. In the winter months, things like onion skins and celery leaves can make great natural dyes, and in summer even the skin and seed of an avocado can be used. So, here's how you do it!

I thought a quick scan of previous images would refresh my memory and allow me to make a few notes updating the topic. I was wrong.

First, it's been a while since I've given this lecture and a lot of dye has passed under the bridge or into the baths. Also, my business model has changed in big ways, but, it happened over several years, so I  almost didn't notice it.  These shifts prompt me to ask what's changed and what is constant in my work?

Not surprisingly, me still being me, some things have remained the same and I thought I'd use today's post to highlight those, focusing on the changes tomorrow. In other words, I'm using this blog to prep my lecture. Thanks in advance for listening/reading.

For dyeing wool, I usually have a very simple process, as I only use wool for weaving wall hangings and bags or pouches. I can’t knit, so I’m not making garments that need to last many washing cycles. My wool doesn’t have to be very washfast then, it should be lightfast though, which has worked well so far.