The Fear of Dyeing

The process of dyeing textiles has always been haunted me😨. I’ve always been a bit nervous to do it on my own – Worried that I’m going to get the mixture wrong. Burn a hole in my dye pot…  Or worse completely mess up the only bit of recycled fabric I had to create my next project.

Although I’m pro – “The Happy Accidents” there’s nothing worse than destroying a project because you made up the wrong solution for the quantity of fabric🤦‍♀️.

So how did I get over my fear? 

I took a workshop ofc!

In one day Mugdha from Entanglewood put all my fears of dyeing a side 🎉🎉🎉

Using leaves, bark, fruit and vegetable skins Mugdha taught us how simple the process can be. No more mixing chemicals! Although mathematics and a bit of origami was involved 🙂

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This process is so natural and embraces all of your senses it was good to get back in touch with nature! There's a Botanical science about this process and I will never look at a leaf the same again!

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And at the end of the workshop, when it was time to unwrap our bundled scarves. I felt like a kid on Christmas morning attacking my biggest present🎁 first 😆.

I love the fact that the outcome of your project is unpredictable. This process makes each project unique as it’s difficult (but not impossible) to get the same result every time.

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I'm hoping to include more natural dyes into my own creative process in the future 🎉🎉🎉