How to Make Mordants for Natural Dyes

Use these recipes to make mordants for natural dyes.

Harvesting Color, Natural Dyes
Make beautiful natural dyes from plants with the help of “Harvesting Color.”
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Mordanted fibers can be left to sit for an indefinite period of time before they enter the dye vat.
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Natural Mordant
Most dyes will not hold color over time with a natural mordant with vinegar; the exception to that rule is pokeberry, which requires a vinegar mordant.
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Natural Shades, Natural Dyeing
I find the best color results occur from letting the fibers sit for a week after coming out of the mordant bath before being dyed.
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If you live among oak trees, it’s easy to make your own tannin solution — the base ingredient is acorns.
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