March FAQ


Another month and another bunch of lovely questions. Its been great to be able to sit down to read and answer all of these questions as its all been a bit manic here lately as I moved house and so haven't had a chance to do much dyeing lately.


Have you had success dyeing with a single pot of dye first, then following up with a bundle dye. 

Yes, I just make sure that my first dye pot is a pale colour (like the pale pink from avocado stones) so that it creates a nice base colour. Once that dye has dried I iron it to set it and then bundle dye as usual.


Do you use fresh turmeric or dried powder?

Ive used both in the past but I tend to use turmeric powder, mainly because its easier to get hold of where I live. Personally, I don’t noticed much of a difference between the two in terms of the colour they produce.


Why did you start to natural dye and how did it become your business?

I discovered plant dyeing while I was working as a gardener and found that it combined my two passions (fabrics and plants) together. I also wanted to show people that its possible to create botanically dyed and eco friendly products that aren’t made from hemp or boring brown colours.


I would love to try to dye and have downloaded your ebook, what piece of fabric would you recommend to try dyeing? Should I start with avocado?

I recommend that you start with something easy, like an old white t-shirt (cotton or natural fibre) or a piece of linen that you can make into a scarf. If you’ve got avocados to hand then I would say fab - give them a try. Otherwise you could try pomegranate skins or onion skins, following the same technique that I give in my ebook


Do you have a dedicated space/set of tools for dyeing?

I keep all my dyeing tools (wooden spoons, sieve, pans etc) separate from the rest of my kitchen utensils. Although most of the plants that I use to make dyes are harmless, once the are in a concentrated form that could change. 


Do you prefer scouring/mordanting the traditional way (soda ash/alum) or do you do it differently?

I actually don’t scour my fabrics - I just wash them in a natural laundry liquid before mordanting them. Ive always been happy with the colours that I achieve and because I like to keep the whole process of plant dyeing as simple as possible I’ve decided to continue with just simply washing my fabrics. I soak my fabrics in soya milk before I dye them as I find it really easy and love the colour results that I get.

alicia hall