Let’s go Green! 6 Natural Ways to go Green.
Updated: May 17, 2022
Green is one of the most elusive colors in natural dyeing
Green is one of the most elusive colors in natural dyeing. You would think, with all the green plants, surely, they make green dyes too. Instead, they usually return yellow, tan, and brown dyes.
Here are 6 ways to get green using Natural dyes:
#1 - Yellow & Indigo
Yellow dye plants and Indigo return a beautiful variety of greens.
#2 - Pomegranate
Pomegranate and Weak Iron solution creates olive greens
#3 - Logwood & Weld
Logwood & Weld is an interesting combo. Blending the purple logwood and yellow weld together results in green. Keep in mind, this process only works on protein fibers (wool, alpaca, silk). Check out Suzanne Dekel’s “Dekel Dyes” website for more on the process.
#4 - Chlorophyllin Extract
Chlorophyllin Extract produces Soft Greens. The extract is produced from nettles, alfalfa and green edible plants. It’s a great way to go green without needing to blend.
#5 - Stinging Nettle
Speaking of nettle, Stinging Nettle creates brownish and sage greens.
#6 - Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
One of our favorite options is the Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia). This coneflower is common on prairie plains, and prevalent throughout Colorado.
Nerdy Sheep Fiber Works is dedicated to using natural dye processes in house. Our Chief Creator Erin mixes up all our interesting materials in house. You can check out some of Erin’s dye work currently available in our store’s yarn shop.