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r ranson
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I have to admit, I'm not very courageous when it comes to dyeing. (I got the spelling right? Dye - ing, as in making things colourful?)

There is, however, a lovely large patch of stinging nettles at my place. We've eaten about all we can manage, and given away all the u-pick nettles we can. Some of these nettles will go into compost tea.

But what to do with the other 50 square feet of nettles?

I would like to dye some cloth.

I just don't have the knack with google today, so I'm wondering if anyone out there knows some good tutorials for dyeing cloth with fresh stinging nettles? I would like to cotton and perhaps some wool. Wool, I think, does not need a mordant with nettles, but what about cotton? Cotton and wool usually have very different methods for natural dyeing, and I'm not certain how to translate a wool recipe into cotton cloth.

Any thoughts?
 
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I've never tried dyeing with nettles although I think I remember reading about it in Rita Buchanan's book http://www.permies.com/t/41514/books/Weaver-Garden-Rita-Buchanan ...so I went to look in my copy and can't find it, the book, anywhere. I'll keep looking, maybe still packed from our move.

looks like several things pop up on line about 'dying with nettles'
some nice colors....
 
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I've misremembered.
I finally found my book and she only talks about nettles as a fiber not as a dye.
In fact, she is somewhat negative about them in the end and although she gives a detailed rundown of how wonderful the cloth is, she evidently ran into them with her face at her first encounter and never tried again.
 
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