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Dyeing With Weeds - Natural Dye Recipes for the Urban Forager
Dyeing With Weeds - Natural Dye Recipes for the Urban Forager
Dyeing With Weeds - Natural Dye Recipes for the Urban Forager
Dyeing With Weeds - Natural Dye Recipes for the Urban Forager
Dyeing With Weeds - Natural Dye Recipes for the Urban Forager
Dyeing With Weeds - Natural Dye Recipes for the Urban Forager
Dyeing With Weeds - Natural Dye Recipes for the Urban Forager
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Dyeing With Weeds - Natural Dye Recipes for the Urban Forager

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Learn to naturally dye with weeds from your own backyard! This recipe booklet includes an overview of the natural dye process for dyeing wool, and recipes for five different weeds commonly found in the Amiskwaciwâskahikan/Edmonton area and similar ecosystems.

Buy the booklet on its own, or pair it with a skein of yarn and enough mordants to get you started.

How These Recipes Came to Be:

During the spring and summer of 2020, Kalea embarked on a project she called the Blackmud Creek Dye Experiments. She challenged herself to explore at least one dye plant a month from April to September that could be foraged in her local ecosystem – both invasive weeds, and native plants that could be harvested responsibly.

What to Expect Inside:

  • Detailed instructions for scouring, mordanting, and dyeing wool yarn with plants, including an explanation of the chemistry involved.
  • Specific recipes for five local weeds: dandelion, horsetail, goldenrod, tansy, and thistle.
  • Discussion of ethical urban foraging, including information about relevant City of Edmonton bylaws and noxious weed legislation in Alberta.
  • Optional: 1 skein of yarn + enough alum (potassium aluminum sulfate) and iron (ferrous sulfate) to mordant/modify that skein.

Yarn Specs:

Hill & Down Fingering - Clotted Cream
100g/4oz
380m/416yd
Fingering weight 1-ply
100% Shropshire wool from Ryley, AB
Wool Clip: 2021
Woolen spun at Custom Woolen Mills in Carstairs, AB