Tuesday 7 October 2014

Natural Dye from plants from... PURPLE and BLACK

Morning All

This is the last in the plant dye series on this blog.  I will of course in the future publish my results for all to see and with embroidery added as well.

The plants below are for PURPLE & for BLACK.

I have found it most informative and I hope that it has been for you as well.

Also I have found an amazing book called harvesting colour by Rebecca Burgess. I have ordered the book and will let you know what I think and of course any information I think maybe helpful to any of you who might wish to do some natural dyeing of your own.

I hope you have a great day and I leave you with your purple and black plant lists along with a picture of the book I mentioned.

Happy Stitching!

The blackberry

Byrony (Byronia dioica) Berries
Damson, Fruit, with alum
Dandelion (Taraxacum Dens-leonis) Roots
Danewort (Sambucus Ebulus) Berries
Deadly nightshade (Atropa Belladonna)
Elder (Sambucus nigra) Berries, with alum, a violet; with alum and salt, a lilac colour
Sundew (Drosera)
Whortleberry or blaeberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) It contains a blue or purple dye which will dye wool and silk without mordant

Alder (Alnus glutinosa) Bark, with iron
Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus) Young shoots, with salts of iron
Dock (Rumex) Root
Elder (Sambucus nigra) Bark, with iron
Iris (Iris Pseudacorus) Root
Meadowsweet (Spirea Ulmaria)
Oak, Bark and acorns


  1. Thanks for the book recommendation - I'm guessing by the spelling it's UK based not US??

  2. Hi Gill
    You can buy it on Amazon which is cheapest and yes it is a UK supplier. Let me know what you think, I love it! x