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Natural Dye Project, Millie | Lottie Craft


Natural Dye Project, Millie | Lottie Craft

Jan Hammock

It was a beautiful Northern California day in July. A few families gathered in Bolinas, CA to experiment with several natural dyeing methods.  Long before we were Millie | Lottie owner's, Susan and I were to be a part of parent-led team, crafting weekly with our son's third grade class. Our first project was to dye napkins and table cloths for a harvest dinner. This July day, we set about learning about natural dye. 

The results were often mixed but the day was full of beautiful flowers, pots of natural dye and gleaming faces as we pounded, dipped, wrapped and soaked. There is something satisfying about watching a plain cloth being transformed by impressions of flowers or wrapped rubber-bands and popsicle sticks; and after spending time in a rich pot of dye, watching a new creation emerge. 

Pounding flowers on to napkins...

Pots of Anatto, Madder, Osage and Alkanet ready for dyeing

Saving dye for another project / rinsing under the garden faucet / drying between trees

Popsicle sticks and rubber-bands after a go at Shibori technique.

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Harvest Color; How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyesby Rebecca Burgess

Napkins and natural dyes from Dharma Trading Company,