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Plant Dyes: Dried Tagetes flowers

Plant Dyes: Dried Tagetes flowers
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Plant Dyes: Dried Tagetes flowersPlant Dyes: Dried Tagetes flowers
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Tagetes - otherwise known as French marigolds - really pack a punch in the dye pot giving a beautiful golden yellow on their own and an olive green when mixed with iron.

These were grown in my dye garden, dried out and packed into hand decorated, airtight pouches.

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.

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

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