The natural dyes Madder and Himalayan Rhubarb were used to make this beautiful colour! This upcycled piece of fabric is damask linen. Local leaves were used to ecoprint the designs. As well, the linen has a woven, floral damask design.
Natural dyes Madder and Himalayan Rhubarb on Linen
This napkin measures approximately 40cm x 40cm (16″ x 16 “). It has a finished hem.
The process of Natural Dyeing
Firstly, the fabric must be scoured. Next is mordanting. In the case of cellulose fibres (linen, cotton, flax), the fabric is usually soaked first in a tannin bath. Finally, the fabric is put into a mordant bath. The mordant attaches the dye particles to the fabric. Once these steps are completed, the fabric is ready to be dyed.
Some dye Sources
I source many of my natural dyes locally. Some of these include Goldenrod, Walnut, Sumac and Marigold. Additionally, in my own garden, I grow plants and trees for dyes, tannins and ecoprinting. Plum, Apple, Cherry, Cotinus, Maple, Dogwood are a few of them. Other dyes are bought from reliable companies.
Refresh, Transform and Revitalize
Sustainable methods give new life to this upcycled fabric. Renewal means that a new item is created. And landfills have a bit less added to them. The links below show more examples of my upcycled, naturally dyed fabrics.
Madder and Himalayan rhubarb natural dyes
My Madder crop is in it’s second year. Next year it will be ready to harvest. I’m looking forward to seeing and using my own Red dye!
Imagine, Design, Gratify
This upcycled linen fabric is ideal, as a piece for a sewing project, such as part of a quilt. Or it can become a part of a clothing item, scarf, change purse, pillow cover, handbag. So many possibilities!
Damask linen napkin dyed with Goldenrod, Indigo dyes and ecoprinting, to make a unique bandana (below). This is an example of how these upcycled napkins can be created into a stunning and personal item.
My fabrics have been lovingly dyed and designed, with the commitment and skill of an accomplished artist.
Each item is dyed separately, which makes them different from others, in both colour and design. Be assured, that each item is unique.
I accept Returns, however some exceptions may apply
A 14 day return policy is in place for all fabric items (tunics, daypacks, scarves, bandanas, napkins) purchased through my website. This means that within 14 days of receiving your item, a request to return can be made
Please read before considering a return:
- Product satisfaction is important to me
- Return eligibility requires that the item must be in the same condition that you received it: unworn, unused, unwashed, with tags in place, original packaging. Also, proof of purchase is also required
- Please contact me before returning an item in order to inform me as to why you wish to return it
- A request for returning your item must be made within 14 days after receipt of the purchase
- Returns will be accepted and a refund issued after my consideration, that my return policy has been followed
- Return shipping costs will be borne by the purchaser
Care of instructions:
For best care, machine wash cold, with a mild detergent, then tumble dry and iron. Additionally, direct exposure to sunlight is not recommended, when drying.