natural-dyes

How to Shear a Sheep and Other Fiber Animals
April 29, 2019 . · Sheep

Learning how to shear a sheep takes practice and time. Before you head out to buy sheep shearing supplies try to observe a professional sheep shearer and ask questions. The …

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Growing Herbs Outdoors? Try These 7 Garden Themes

By Gayle, Blossom’s Herb Farm – We are all inspired to plant a gigantic vegetable garden every year to cut costs at the grocery store. But have you ever thought about combining …

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Dyeing Wool Yarn Differs from Dyeing Cotton
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

Dyeing wool yarn is one of my favorite pastimes. Experimenting with different plant sources from nature can yield an amazing range of color. Since we raise sheep and fiber goats, …

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Choosing Yarn for Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving Projects
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

When learning to weave, the rigid heddle loom is a good choice. It’s easy to work and you will quickly master the basics of weaving. Plus, setting it up isn’t …

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How to Choose Between Natural Dyes or Acid Dyes
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

Natural dyes have been used for centuries creating color from plants, insects, fungus, and minerals. Certain colors denoted higher social classes and wealth because they were harder to obtain. In …

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Solar Dyeing Wool Using Natural Plants
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

Solar dyeing wool with natural dyes is a simple procedure that yields beautiful results. The process is fairly safe so the whole family can enjoy the experiment. Solar dyeing involves …

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Making Natural Clothing Dye From Vegetables
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

My mother was always fascinated with using vegetables for natural clothing dye, and some of that interest must have rubbed off on me. While she was primarily interested in using …

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Natural Dyes for Wool and Clothing
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

Natural dyes for wool have been used for hundreds of years. Harvesting plants and extracting the color from the leaves, berries, and flowers is an enjoyable way to gather color today, …

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How to Crochet a Scarf
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

When you know how to crochet a scarf you have the foundation of skills needed to create blankets and clothing from yarn. Learning how to crochet a scarf or knit …

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Use This Sweater Mitten Pattern to Bring New Life to Old Clothes
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

When my husband shrank one of my cashmere sweaters, I decided to use an old sweater mitten pattern to breathe new life into an item of clothing I would otherwise …

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Extract Natural Dye for Wool from Goldenrod Plants

By Christine Lundsten McKahan – Five years ago, as my husband and I wandered around our two acres of newly purchased homesteading land, surrounded by rolling hills, grazing Holsteins and Wisconsin …

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