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Variations for Natural dye - Sage Dye

Recipe

Natural dye - Sage Dye

Created By: Zoë Powell  
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Method


Step one

Preparation:

  1. Pick the leaves fresh from plant. A large handful or a fixed amount of leaves e.g.:50
  2. Wash them in cold water
  3. Put them in the measuring jug and squash them down to see how much you have or weigh them

 

    • This can be useful if you want to repeat the recipe many times and record your results/variances

Step two

Cooking

 

  1. Add the washed leaves into the saucepan
  2. Add the tap water 
    • This can be cold or preheated; either may change the result of the final mixture.
  3. Cover with a lid and cook the water and leaves in the pan for 10 minutes. 
    • Try not to remove the lid if possible.
  4. Strain or sieve the mixture. The variety of sage will likely change the colour created.
  5. You can store this in a clean jar or glass. 
    • You can keep this in the fridge also, if you don’t want to use it straight away.
    • You can even freeze the mixture once it is cool.

Step three

Notes:

  • You can use the sage dye straight away 
  • You could also store this in a clean jar or glass. 
    • You can keep this in the fridge also, if you don’t want to use it straight away.
    • You can even freeze the mixture once it is cool.

 

  • Try to vary the amount of leaves or water in the recipe to get a weaker or more concentrated solution.
  • Try this with the following plants: Mint, Rosemary, Lavender… or others you may have locally. Maybe even the leaves from your tea! You might also want to try it with the stems.
  • You can then use this sage dye mixture in a biomaterial recipe, in addition or replacing  part of the water in the recipe.

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