I’m really excited to launch my new eBook today called Botanical Dyes on Wood! You can order and download immediately as a digital download here.
Dyeing wooden beads continues to be one of my favourite ways to explore plant dyes. I love dyeing beads with various dyes and playing with different colour combinations and patterns.
I love custom making things for people as it gives me the chance to try new ideas and sometimes collaborating with people in this way creates designs that I would have never come up with alone. Here are some recent custom dyed necklaces and a bag.
I had a jar of avocado skin dye in the fridge and decided to try dyeing some beads with it. The beads were soaked in soya milk twice and left for about a week before dyeing.
Then the beads were left in a simmering dye pot for a while, then left for 24 hours in the dye as it cooled.
Once dry, the beads were oiled with flaxseed oil to protect them and help seal in the colour. The beads have such an intense colour and actually look like they are glowing. It was definitely a successful experiment!
The photo below shows avocado skin dyed beads on an avocado skin dyed cotton scarf.
A few weeks ago I sent across some of my necklaces to a beautiful shop in New York called Colorant that stocks naturally dyed clothing and accessories.
Here are my necklaces in the window display:
Below are some of my photos: