DIY Blueberry Dye

Make your own homemade organic dye using blueberries.

| January 2018

  • Blueberry Dye
    This safe and natural dye recipe creates beautiful colors, ranging from periwinkle to deep purple.
    Photo by David Fenton
  • Harvest
    “Harvest” by Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis provides readers with 47 different projects using a variety of plants in unexpected ways.
    Cover courtesy Ten Speed Press

  • Blueberry Dye
  • Harvest

Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants (Ten Speed Press, 2017), by Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis is a guide to 47 projects that can be done using unexpected plants. These projects include beauty products, fragrances, cocktails, and more. The following excerpt is from Chapter 1, "Early."

Making dyes from your garden is a wonderful way to preserve the season's colors in your textiles. Unlike commercial dyes that use harsh and toxic chemicals, your homemade organic dye is safe and natural. The natural dye process is quite easy, and once you have given it a try, your eyes will be opened to more of your garden's colorful possibilities!

When used as a natural dye, blueberries create the most beautiful range of summery blues and purples, like the color of your favorite faded blue jeans. Hues range from periwinkle to pastel blue, magenta, and deep purple. Good enough to eat, this dye will stain your hands, so be sure to wear gloves while working. Blueberry dye creates a color that's perfect for napkins.

Fabric and Fixative

• 1/2 cup table salt



• 8 cups water

• 6 white 100 percent cotton or linen napkins

Denise
1/31/2018 8:55:40 AM

What link? All I see is a link to purchase the book and 2 for excerpts about honey and preserving herbs. I can see nothing on using blueberries as a dye. Just boiling is not going to set the dye.


Denise
1/31/2018 8:47:00 AM

What link? All I see is a link to purchase the book and 2 for excerpts about honey and preserving herbs. I can see nothing on using blueberries as a dye. Just boiling is not going to set the dye.


Suzanne
1/31/2018 8:10:07 AM

So what is the laundering process to retain the color?







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