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1000 Ways to Dye: Natural versus Not

Natural, acid, fiber-reactive, basic, disperse, vat – the list goes on. There are numerous ways to dye, some more readily available than others, but there are two basic groups – Natural versus Not. Hang on a Sec Before I even start the separation, I’m here to tell you that it’s okay. It’s okay if you are not ready to throw on a loincloth and go bounding among the trees in search of plants to dye with. It’s okay if you switch your methods, try natural on Wednesdays and synthetic on Fridays. It’s okay to experiment and find which method works best for you, and the method that you enjoy most. I’m not here to tell you which is best, safest,...

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Bringing Color Forward: A (Very) Brief History of Natural Dyeing

It only seems right to start with a little bit of background information regarding the history of color and natural dyeing. Color has been an influential part of culture for so long, encompassing significant meanings, geographical information, and growth of societies. While the exact date of origin for natural dyeing is unknown, largely because textiles deteriorate over time, there have been several substantial finds dating as far back as 2,500 BCE, where an indigo dyed garment was found in Egypt. By about 1,000 BCE, Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans were utilizing natural dyes from shellfish and madder root. A significant Roman Scholar, Pliny the Elder, is known for his early recordings of natural dyeing and descriptions of mordants around the first...

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Dyeing for Fiber Introduction

It is with great excitement that BQueen is now formally focusing on natural fiber dyeing, encouraging the growth and interest so that anyone may find color on a bare hank. Dyeing for Fiber will encompass all things related to Natural Fiber Dyeing. We will be sharing blog posts, tutorials and coordinating Dye-a-Long kits. We hope to include dyeing enthusiast interviews, share some of the history, and show that natural dyeing is a beautiful craft and very easy to learn. We hope this new direction excites you and any interest you may have in dyeing your own fiber. Stay tuned for first blog post. Next Blog Post | Bringing Color Forward

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