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Plant Dyes: Dried Rosebay Willowherb leaves

Plant Dyes: Dried Rosebay Willowherb leaves
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Plant Dyes: Dried Rosebay Willowherb leavesPlant Dyes: Dried Rosebay Willowherb leaves
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Rosebay Willowherb is chockfull of tannins and gives a very good deep yellow in the dye pot, changing to khaki with the addition of iron. I love the plant and these leaves were gathered from the perennial meadow which surrounds my studio.

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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