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    • D > A useful but unexciting beige. Useful as a foil to stronger colours, but also as base for over-dyeing, where the base colour can have a surprising effect in altering the shade or tone of the final colour.

    • D >Thanks, Sandra. There’s a theory that all natural-dye colours go together well. Broadly, I think that’s true, because they have a particular quality in common : complexity, or if you prefer, subtly. Every colour has hints of other colours in it, so it is easy to find complementary colours – even defying what is generally considered the rules of design with colours.

  1. Just gorgeous! I was just watching something about dying fabric with indigo. I’d never seen the plant that it comes from before… now my interest has really been piqued!

    • D > Danielle, you need to do some simple natural dyeing with your children, as it opens their eyes to the fact that no-one has a monopoly on beauty – it’s a gift that lies in the hands of everyone!

      • That’s a great idea. They toy with “finger knitting” which is crocheting with hand, and they do some sewing with me from time to time, but it would be fun to do a weaving project or something to that effect with yarn that we dyed ourselves! I just might need to make a trip to the store for supplies since I don’t have what I need here right now…

  2. What wonderful rich blue colors! Aren’t indigo dyepots so much fun?! You pull your skein out of the scummy looking dye bath, and like magic, it turns blue as it oxidizes with the air. It never fails to amaze me!

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