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No. 1 Dyer in the Garden booklet from Woolggatherings.

No. 1 Dyer in the Garden booklet from Woolggatherings.

If you've wondered what mordants do for natural dyes, here is a quick overview of the top Natural Dye Mordants.

If you've wondered what mordants do for natural dyes, here is a quick overview of the top Natural Dye Mordants.

Natural dyeing: Onions

Natural dyeing: Onions

Red cabbage dye with baking soda added (alkaline pH.)

Red cabbage dye with baking soda added (alkaline pH.)

Natural dyeing: Heather (ling)

Natural dyeing: Heather (ling)

Natural dyeing: Goat willow

Natural dyeing: Goat willow

Vegetable dyes

Vegetable dyes

Nine-patch and Old Maid, 1860. Made by Willie Marshall McDowell. Quilts of Virginia 1607-1899.

Nine-patch and Old Maid, 1860. Made by Willie Marshall McDowell. Quilts of Virginia 1607-1899.

Natural dyeing: Blackberry

Natural dyeing: Blackberry

On my way to the hardware store the other day, I got a bit distracted by this pile of acorns that had fallen. I decided to skip out on the hardware store and grabbed about 50 acorns and headed home in anticipation of starting a dye pot! The results were so rewarding!

On my way to the hardware store the other day, I got a bit distracted by this pile of acorns that had fallen. I decided to skip out on the hardware store and grabbed about 50 acorns and headed home in anticipation of starting a dye pot! The results were so rewarding!