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


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38 Comments on "Natural Dye Experiment: Turmeric"


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everydaywaiting
August 28, 2012

Gorgeous!

Guest
August 27, 2012

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

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vegantester
August 25, 2012

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

Guest
August 27, 2012

Oh, that makes sense. :)

Guest
August 24, 2012

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.

Guest
August 24, 2012

Yes! Felt would be perfect for that project.

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Heather
August 24, 2012

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

Guest
August 24, 2012

I am VERY in love with it. I will hug it for you.

Guest
August 24, 2012

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!

Guest
August 24, 2012

Oh yes! I definitely think you can do this with yarn. Plus, did you see this link I shared on my link post today? http://blogalacart.com/2012/05/rope-lampshade/
Let me know if you try it! I'd love to see photos. And, I'm glad you love my BHG posts. It's so nice to hear people enjoy them. <3

Guest
August 24, 2012

You are so insanely crafty and creative, I will admit I'm a bit envious! Also, I wanted to say that I read your other post about
the women gossiping in the Starbucks and that you made the smart and mature choice but sitting elsewhere.
Kudos to you! There is no need for any extra negativity in this world that we live in, I totally agree! Finally, I think your blog is
fabulous and the bee's knees and I really wish that I could someday get to your blogging level. And the fact that you get paid
for it…girl, I'm jealous! I'm sort of new to this whole world of blogging and would LOVE to know how to make a couple extra
$$$ on the side. I would love to hear any suggestions, comments, or advice from you since I look at you as a my blogging
sensei. Here is my blog (http://gingersnapsj8.blogspot.com) and please keep up the amazing work, I truly look forward to and love reading your blog!

P.s. your family is adorable! :)

Guest
August 24, 2012

Thank you so much! So, I always send people over to this blog post… it's from Sometimes Sweet: http://sometimessweet.blogspot.com/2011/10/findin... It pretty much says anything and everything I think. I hope that helps! 😀

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