Stove-top Natural Dyeing

>Remove the contents of your jar.

 

>Fill your jar with water and pour this amount of water into a pot. Bring this to a boil.

>While your water is heating up… Let's get your material prepared for dyeing!

>>Fill your jar almost to the top with warm water. Pour in your mordants, the alum + potassium. Place the lid on your jar and shake it like a polaroid picture! 

>>Once you see that your mordant has dissolved evenly, place your material in the jar. (Material: Wet it, then wring it out so that it is only damp. Then flash back to summer camp and fold, wrap, tie or stitch your material to create a design/pattern) Make sure that it is submerged in the water. Put the lid back on and give it a shake to make sure it's all grooving together.

 

>Water boiling? Okay, lets get started! 

>Slightly lower the heat and add your found natural dye to the pot, giving it a stir to incorporate it evenly. The more dye, the more saturated the color!

>Now its time to add your prepared material and the extra water in the jar too. GIve to a stir to incorporate it evenly.

 

>Let this simmer as you stir it occasionally for about an hour. Watch as the heat extracts color from your natural dye and binds it!

>Let it cool in the pot overnight. Or for you instant gratification souls, you may rinse it right away though the color might be less saturated - you have been warned,

 

>NOW… Gaze in wonderment at your natural creation!