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Posted on Jul 23, 2014 by in natural dyes | 4 comments

I lost my momentum with this blog (over a year ago), but for the last few months I have been enjoying Instagram as a way to record what I am up to. As you’ll see, I am still in love with natural dyes!

Soon I’ll be posting here about my experiments in dyeing with the pokeberry I am growing in my garden this summer.


  1. I stumbled across your blog because I’m in the process of experimenting with privet berry dye and you’d talked about your own experimentation several years ago. I’m trying an alum mordant and salt fixative to see how that works out. I’m also on Instagram as DelphinianJess and I’d be glad to share the results of my experiments.

    • Hi Jess, I look forward to reading about/seeing photos of your results!

      • So, the first run of privet dye ended up pale and over-mordanted, though I did see some very pale blue patches, which was promising. Mostly, it turned out kind of a pale yellow. I’ve got some ripe privet nearby and I’m thinking I’ll gather some of those and see if it goes a little better the second time around.

        • I have heard that the ripest berries make the best dye, so it will be interesting to see what you get on your second try.