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Plant Dyes: Dyer's Chamomile Flowers

Plant Dyes: Dyer's Chamomile Flowers
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Dyer's Chamomile is one of the few traditional dye plants that I grow.  Its bright yellow daisy flowers are very potent - giving a beautiful mid yellow on their own and a soft green with iron.  It is also a great colour to overdue with onion skins for a zingy orange.

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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