Going for gold 

If you want to try natural dyeing, now is the time to do so. Grab a jam jar, some fabric and some flowers. Wrap the fabric and plant matter into bundles and stuff into the jar.

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Sometimes it works with only the addition of hot water, but you can also add teabags (for tannin) etc too. Screw on the lid (use gloves – it will be HOT!) and leave it alone for at least a month.

Solidago produces this lovely soft gold. Be aware that some plants are poisonous, and these should be avoided.

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Simple and fun – and just an easy introduction to an exciting adventure in natural colour which can sometimes be quite complex.

Not all plants will give you luscious colour – but you should at least get a few interesting marks. If nothing else you  could always try the ubiquitous onion skins……….!

 

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