Natural Dye Experiment: Turmeric

This past week I did a little bit ‘o experimenting! I really wanted to try and dye my own fabric…. But, I didn’t want to buy the dye from the store. Soooo, I used turmeric spice! Yup. And, it worked really well.

Supplies needed:

- Salt

- Water

- Fabric (I used an old white scarf)

- 2 Tbs. Turmeric

- Wooden spoon

Natural Turmeric Dye

Directions:

1. First, prep your fabric/material. Combine 4 cups of water and a 1/4 cup of salt, bring it to a boil, add your fabric and let it simmer for one hour. The salt acts as a “fixative”. It helps the fabric take the dye.

2. When the fabric is done, drain the water. Once cool, wring out the remaining water from the fabric.

3. Time to add some color! Combine 2 cups of water with 2 tablespoons of ground turmeric, bring to a boil, and let simmer for 20 minutes.

4. Turn off the heat and add your fabric to the turmeric dye mixture. Use your wooden spoon to push the fabric down into the dye, trying to coat it evenly. The longer the fabric soaks: the deeper the color will be. The dye also reacts differently for different fabrics.

4-1. To create an ombre color, dip your material partially in, and pull it out slowly. I moved my fabric out of the dye about 2 -4 inches every couple of minutes.

5. Rince your dyed fabric in the sink until the water runs clear and hang to dry. That’s it! You’re done!

Side note: You can double the recipe of the dye… for larger projects.

Plus, I have another post up on Better Homes and Gardens today! Using this same natural turmeric dye technique, I dyed a bunch of fabric and made a lovely lampshade! I really love how it turned out (and, so does the husband… double win). Here’s a photo:

- Chelsey



38 Responses to “Natural Dye Experiment: Turmeric”

  1. everydaywaiting says:

    Gorgeous!

  2. Oooh…what a beautiful shade of yellow!! :)

  3. vegantester says:

    i don't think the salt is a fixative – it just opens up the fibers of the fabric to make it more receptive to taking the dye. something like soda ash is the actual fixative during the dye process (it changes the ph level and bonds the dye to the fabric) /pedant

  4. vicki says:

    Oh, I love that lampshade. I think I'm going to attempt something but with felt. it seems fairly similar to those felt wreaths…and I have an abundance of felt I can use, lol.

  5. Heather says:

    What a great project!! I LOVE that lampshade, like LOVE it :)

  6. Mindi says:

    Oh very pretty! I wonder if I could use this with yarn. I have been wanting to start learning how to dye my own yarn. What do you think? BTW I am loving your BHG posts. Simply awesome!

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  8. [...] And I’m storing this project away for later, because I’m in lurve. Found via BHG, Chelsea of The Paper Mama shows us how she did this awesome lampshade!  [...]

  9. dumb mom says:

    Man, that is really pretty! I don't think I have any tumeric in my house, but I might need to snag some to try this!

  10. Amber says:

    Wow. That lamp shade is beautiful. Tumeric is such a great dye. I used it on a couple of stained onesies. It does bleed the first few washes. I just washed them with some old towels.

  11. Amanda Neves says:

    What a great idea! I'll definitely be interested to learn how well the color holds, such a great color from something I already have in my pantry!

  12. Audrey says:

    How does it hold up in the wash? Cus that is very lovely!

  13. Mariana says:

    Oh, this is so beautiful! Both, the scarf and the lamp. I think I'll try this out soon. :)
    Wow!!

  14. Diana says:

    Beautiful! The lampshade looks like flower pedals!

  15. Kati says:

    Wow!!! That's impressive. Both look gorgeous!

  16. that lamp shade is gorgeous! I tried natural dyes a few months ago and used turmeric, black tea, and blackberries.
    The blackberries made the pretties soft purple color.

  17. Trish says:

    Wow what a super cool idea! I am totaly obsessed with indian food, so I've always got turmeric around the kitchen. I've definitely gone some "used to be white and could use some dye" items to do this with. Do you think it would wash out if put in the washing machine?
    YAY!
    Trish
    http://www.jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

  18. Katlyn says:

    That is so awesome! I'm going to have to try this.. It's so easy!

  19. Wowo they are both beautiful I love that lamp shade so much.

  20. Kiara says:

    Very cool, funky lampshade!

  21. Meg says:

    Oh wow! I'm lovin' the lamp shade. How long did you dip the fabrics in to get the color variations?

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