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Natural Dyers

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This community is intended for discussion of natural dye techniques. Natural dyes come from plant (e.g. onion skins, indigo, madder, lichens), animal (e.g. cochineal, murex), or mineral (e.g. ochre) sources. Analine dyes, which come from chemistry labs, should be discussed elsewhere. Feel free to ask questions about natural dyes and the history of dyeing, post about surprising new dye plants you've found, share pictures of projects, etc.

This is NOT strictly an historical dye community, so please don't feel limited to discussing only those dyes used historically -- avocado skins, eucalyptus, and that unidentifiable weed you found in your backyard are all fair game.


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Moderator: barbarian_qulan. To contact, comment in her journal.

Related communities:

med_embroidery, for discussion of historical embroidery
sca_garb, a costuming community for the Middle Ages and Renaissance
fiberarts, for discussion of fiber arts in general
embroider, a modern embroidery community

Natural Dye Resources:

Natural Dye Journal - Really a general fiber arts journal, but some useful and informative posts on dying.
Claie-colour - Renaissance dyes, their DMC # equivalents, and a brief list of some Renaissance dyestuffs (although no modern dyer, to my knowledge, has ever managed to get magenta/purple out of dandelion root).
The Dye Woorkes: Medieval and Renaissance Recipes - As it says.

This list is ever incomplete -- feel free to suggest further resources.