Materials + Tools

If you’ve read one of my natural dye books and wondered where I sourced my fabric or yarn – I’ve written this page just for you. I’ve put together a resource guide that includes my favourite fabric, yarn, beads and dye pots. There are a few discount codes for you to enjoy too, so keep your eye out for those below!


1. Fabric

Greenfibres (+ get 10% off!)

I’ve been buying fabric from Greenfibres for years. I’m thrilled to be able to offer you 10% discount on Greenfibre’s fabric and materials department on their website. Use the coupon code DESNOS10 for 10% off your order (*I earn a small commission on each order that uses the code).

My favourite fabric from Greenfibres is the organic cotton muslin, which you can see in the photo above – dyed with linden (Tilia) leaves. Once washed, the fabric transforms into a gorgeously textured cloth that is perfect for scarves. This exact fabric has sold out, but there’s a similar muslin available called “Fine Loomstate Organic Cotton Muslin”. Prewash your fabric then follow the soya milk pretreatment method in my book Botanical Colour at your Fingertips. It dyes beautifully!

My favourite fabric from this shop is the bamboo silk which is a gorgeously silky fabric and is lovely for scarves or clothing. I often call this “vegan silk” as it makes a good cruelty-free alternative to silk. This shop also sells a range of blank items that dye well, such as bags, cushion covers and napkins.



2. Yarn (+ get 10% off!)

This is a gorgeous yarn shop in the UK filled with lots of lovely ethical and handspun yarn. Use the coupon code DESNOS10 for 10% off your order (*I earn a small commission on orders that use the code).

My favourite is the handspun linen yarn which dyes beautifully (as you can see in the photo above). I also like dyeing banana fibre yarn – its soft, silky texture makes a lovely addition to weavings. I prewash my yarn in washing liquid in the bath, rinse well, then pretreat with soya milk using the steps in Botanical Colour at your Fingertips.



3. Wooden Beads

I’ve written a list of artisans who handcarve wooden beads that are ideal for dyeing. These makers will take on custom orders for beads – make sure you ask for your beads to be left unfinished, so there is no oil as the wood needs to be raw for dyeing. Then you can follow the steps in my eBook Botanical Dyes on Wood.

…or do you fancy carving your own beads? Follow the tutorial in this blog post.



4. Dye pots

If you’ve read any of my botanical dye books (or eBooks), then you’ll know that I love to dye in an aluminium pan. Aluminium brightens dye colours and also provides some mordanting benefit. If you’re lucky, you might come across an aluminium pot in a second hand shop. I’ve never had such luck and have always bought my pots from Amazon.

I use a few pots that are 20cm (8 inches) in diameter for small projects, and larger pots that are 30.5cm (12 inches) in diameter for larger fabric and yarn. Below are links to the style of pot that I use. {These links are Amazon affiliate links and I earn a fee for qualifying purchases.}

These are the pots that are available within the UK:

Similar style of pot available to order in the US: