Whilst conducting market research I came across Lüelütt, a small independent German children’s clothing retailer who’s style and ethos I find very appealing.

Lüelütt offers handmade children’s clothing using organic fabric and eco friendly dyes for their hand dyed scarves.

I like the pastel tones and feel that these could be recreated using natural dyes. The choice of fabric, often light weigh, breathable gauze, is also attractive and especially important for children as they can very quickly overheat.




Mordants and Natural Dyeing, The Great Debate

A subject I am keenly studying. Dyeing with natural material has not proven to be as chemical free as I hoped it would be. This article is very thorough and thought provoking.

Alpenglow Yarn

I’ve thought about writing this post for a while. This topic, more than anything else in natural dyeing, brings up emotion and occasional controversy. My goal with this post is to present some facts, with references to reputable sources that you can check and read further. Natural dye books unfortunately tend to be bastions of misinformation, rife with generalities and opinions that are expressed as facts, and I do not consider the majority of them to be reputable sources of factual information about chemicals or chemistry.

I always kind of cringe when someone asks me about mordants and their toxicity.  It’s not because I’m reluctant to talk about it, it’s just that it’s a complex subject and I usually don’t have time at a show or in an interview to address the topic well.  It’s a difficult one to answer succinctly. That’s a big reason that I chose to write about it…

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More on Mordants

I found helpful guidance on working with mordants on this website dedicated to natural dyeing.

Personally, I am starting to feel more and more uncomfortable with the use of mordants, especially in a domestic environment. I am beginning to question if natural dyeing is suitable for my purposes if it requires the use of potentially harmful chemicals.