If you’re looking for a beautiful red natural dye, look no further than quebracho! This gave the most beautiful hue and was a simple process.
I usually prefer to dye with cooler colors but this redish hue has stolen my heart. You can purchase this extract and a lot more from Etsy. I love this shop and buy a lot of my natural dyes there. Highly recommend.
Quebracho step by step
Bring your water to a boil
Place your quebracho in the water. Watch the video below to see about how much I put in. I rarely measure my dyes! I like to experiment.
Simmer for about 20 minutes or until the color been extracted from the extract.
Place your damp, premordanted towel (folded or not) in the water and set the heat to low.
Allow the fabric to sit as long as you need. I let it sit overnight. The longer the better
Take it out of the water and rinse or if you’d like to do a setting mordant of your choice.
If you're looking for a beautiful red natural dye, look no further than quebracho! This gave the most beautiful hue and was a simple process.
- Quebracho Powder
- Tea Towel or other natural fiber material
- Large pot or bucket
- Something to Stir
- Rubberbands (optional)
- Bring your water to a boil
- Place your quebracho in the water
- 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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What is quebracho?
Quebracho is a tree. It is known for it’s extremely hard surface. The name Quebracho is from the Spanish quebrar hacha, which literally means “axe breaker.” Maybe the density of the tree contributes to the vibrant colors you can get? Just a theory!
What is quebracho used for?
Here you can see I used it for dyeing (obviously) but what you may not know is that quebracho is used as a respiratory stimulant for conditions such as asthma and chest condition! Sometimes it is used to treat high blood pressure, spasms, fluid retention, fever, and pain. So cool.