Maybe you have seen cloth naturally dyed with dandelions but can you dye with DRIED dandelions? It would save you a lot of time! I try it out for you.
Dandelion flowers are supposed to make a pretty yellow color. I saw an Etsy store I love selling dandelion root so I wanted to see if that would give me yellow too. Short answer it didn’t. BUT I still like to share the process because I think it’s interesting!
Where can I buy dried dandelion root?
I bought mine on Etsy. I love supporting fellow Etsy shop owners.
How do you use dried dandelion flowers?
See the answer below for how you can eat them. You can also make jelly, fertilizer, honey and oil!
What can I do with dried dandelion leaves?
You can put them in teas, soups, salads and stews! They’re great raw or cooked.
Is it ok to eat dandelion flowers?
Yes! They are used for all sorts of purposes cooked or raw. The leaves are sweet and can be added to teas and soups. The greens contain quite a bit of healthy properties and minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium.
If you’d like to watch the dye method then here is that video.
Pinterest shows that you can dye with a blue spruce tree and get a mint green color. I try it out for you and show you my natural dyeing method.
- Dried Dandelion Root
- Tea Towel or other natural fiber material
- Large pot
- Something to Stir
- Rubberbands (optional)
- Bring your water to a boil
- Place a large amount of dandelion root into the water. I used about a cup.
- Simmer about 20 minutes.
- Place your damp towel in the water and heat low.
- Allow the fabric to sit as long as you need. I let it sit overnight.
- Take it out of the water and rinse.
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Natural Dyeing Tools
Here are the tools I love to use when I dye.
Large Stock Pots: I ALWAYS use these pots. They are big and inexpensive. I can do four batches at a time.
My favorite fabric: I get questions all the time about fabric. I use a lot of fabric but my favorite is from Nature’s Fabrics.
Tea Towels: These little tea towels are the best for testing out colors like I do.
I love to experiment with natural dyes. Here are a few more experiments I’ve done!