my dye journal
I noticed from my reading that it’s useful to create a dye journal with all the notes and fabric samples from experimentation. One of the things that can be either fantastic, or terrible depending on your intentions, about natural dyes is that they don’t duplicate color exactly. EVERYTHING has a hand in the final color -- water ph, temp, length in dye bath, amount of dye in the botanical -- when the plant was picked and the part of the plant used are all factors -- add to that the plethora of different mordants available -- resulting in overwhelm and inconsistency. The notes, samples, and records help sort this out.
Here’s a video of some of the book process.