Grapeskin extract - Vitis vinifera, natural dye extract from an aqueous solution of grape pigments made from concord grapes in a concentrated solution. Grapeskin extract yields extraordinary bright, clear purples.
Use 20mls extract per 100gms fibre gently at the simmer for 30 - 40 mins. This dye will exhaust onto the fibre. When the dyeing has finished, allow to cool in the dyebath and rinse well to remove any unfixed dye.
** NOT RECOMMENDED FOR USE ON CELLULOSE
Before 1856, Natural dyes were used in time honoured techniques (as far back as 1500BC) but once synthetic dyes were became commercially viable textile dyers and artisans moved from traditional natural dyes to synthetic dyes to colour their cloth and fibre.
The Natural Dye range will dye any natural fibre using a handful of non-toxic mordants and additives to help fix the dye and also give you more colour variations. Natural dyeing is very much about reconnecting with the past - apart from using the plant materials you have at hand in your own garden, there are a number of traditional Natural Dyes and extracts including Indigo, Madder, Cochineal and Fustic.
By combining different dyes, mordants and depths of shade, you will produce an amazing palette of deep to subtle pastel colours. We hope you enjoy your Natural Dyeing adventure!