One dip in the dye bath and you have something brand new! Dyeing is as much an art as a science, so don't hesitate to experiment. Give a set of plain white dish towels a colorful upgrade, an old scarf a prettier shade, or a string of wooden beads a beautiful new hue. Try a new technique like shibori, ombre dip-dyeing, batik, or everyone's favorite—tie-dye. Just remember that natural fibers—like cotton, linen, silk, and wool—take dye much better than synthetics do.
Creating colorful textiles is as easy as running a load of laundry.
Textile Artist Kiva Motnyk Shares the Beauty of Natural Dyeing—Plus, Her Recipes for Creating Stunning Colors
Avocado pits make pink. Blueberries create violet. Dried marigolds yield yellow. These are just a few of the gorgeous colors that a New York City textile artist cooks up using the age-old method of natural dyeing. Grab an armful of flowers or produce, roll up your sleeves, and transform anything from table linens to tees.