DYES: Mordants for Natural Dyeing
As of July 2017, we have Calcium Carbonate, required to make Aluminum Acetate Mordant for cellulose fibers. You will also need Sodium Acetate (on the Accessories page), and Alum. Catherine Ellis' recipe is here.
Natural Dyestuffs, Mordants & Accessory Chemicals are packaged in rigid, resealable, non-reactive, plastic containers. We have basic instruction sheets for Mordanting, Dyeing with Natural Dyes, Dyeing with Indigo, Dyeing with Cochineal, Dyeing Basket Reed with Natural Dyes & Using Thio-Urea Dioxide to Strip Wool. Ask for a copy, free with order. On this website go to Instructions
BLUE VITRIOL is toxic in large enough doses—be extra careful. We're happy to furnish OSHA Material Safety Data Sheets with any of our manufactured dyes or chemicals (they're not available for natural dyestuffs). All good dye books, as well as our instruction sheets, have handling safety information. And see "Cautions", on this website (return to"Dyes: Introduction", chose "Cautions".)
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