Sweet Paul Magazine, the newest digimag to completely win me over, featured a piece in their summer issue on how to dye textiles naturally with ingredients readily available at your local grocery store (or farmers market). The tones rendered vary from brilliant and saturated to soft and subtle.
The folks at Sweet Paul Magazine recommend starting with natural fibers for your base then pre-treating it with a salt soak so the colors take more easily. Once you have cooked up your dye you can test it out on swatches until you find the perfect shade.
I'm dying to try it out on a few basic white throw pillows like the Ektorp, available at Ikea ($20), to create a soft dip dyed effect.
Read the full piece at Sweet Paul Magazine for complete instructions and more inspiring images.
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