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Plant Dyes: Dried Tansy flowers

Plant Dyes: Dried Tansy flowers
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Plant Dyes: Dried Tansy flowersPlant Dyes: Dried Tansy flowers
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Tansy arrived in the perennial meadow here about seven years ago and was one of the first natural dyes that I used.  These flowers were harvested from those meadow plants over the summer and dried out.

When using dried dye materials you need far less then you do with fresh leaves. Depending on the depth of colour you want, use from 5-10% the weight of fibres. To prepare the plant material for dyeing with put it in your dye pot and pour boiling water over it, exactly as if you were making tea, then let it steep for at least six hours, overnight is even better. Then proceed as though you had fresh material.

The leaves come in an airtight sealed Kraft pouch measuring 20 x 12 cm. This allows you to use only a few leaves at a time if you are dyeing small quantities like threads.

Do not use Tansy if pregnant.

All dye packs come with full PDF instructions to allow you to get the best from them.

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