Natural Dyeing: Transform Cloth Using Food Dyes with The Dogwood Dyer

Liz Spencer, The Dogwood Dyer

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11 Lessons (52m)
    • 1. INTRO

      1:11
    • 2. OVERVIEW OF NATURAL COLOR

      5:33
    • 3. KEY CONCEPTS

      4:49
    • 4. COLLECTING YOUR DYESTUFF

      1:05
    • 5. ESSENTIAL TOOLS

      1:09
    • 6. SCOURING & PRE FIXING

      11:40
    • 7. EXTRACTING COLOR FROM FOOD

      4:10
    • 8. COLOR MODIFICATION & CARE

      2:22
    • 9. MODERN TIE DYE- SHIBORI

      15:02
    • 10. DYEING

      4:05
    • 11. FINAL THOUGHTS

      0:48
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Project Description

Upcycle Old Clothing with Food Dyes

In this class project you will be taking an old garment or linen that you may no longer use or wear and transform it into something much more exciting with natural color derived from common foods. This process can be applied to any natural fabric and it doen't necessarily have to be old and stained.

Step 1: Find your garment, linen or textile item to dye & take a before photo and upload it to the Skillshare project page. Gather the items in the materials section.

Step 2: Decide on your dyestuff and collect enough for the size garment or textile you will be dyeing. Share pictures of the collection process on the Skillshare website- the amount of dyestuff, the market where you bought it, your collection growing over time if you collected slowly

Step 3: Mordant and dye your garment using the food dyes you have extracted and share photos on the Skillshare website of all the steps in the process. Taking & sharing photos throughout the Shibori-folding, tying, and binding is especially important since you will have documentation for re-creating the effect or for possible future troubleshooting. Use any of the methods of shibori that I show, or just dye it a solid color! You may also play with color modification using common household ingredients like vinegar and baking soda.

Step 4: Rinse, wash & dry your item and share photos of your beautiful final results on Skillshare.

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