Natural Dyeing Recipe: Black Beans
Black beans are one of the dyestuffs that are sensitive to pH. It’s a great example of how a small difference in pH makes a big difference in colour.
Here’s how I got my colours -
- Soak black beans in water (lack beans soak up a lot of water, so check and top up as needed)
- Stir once in a while (I let mine soak for about 24 hours, stirring occasionally)
- Remove beans from liquid
- Adjust pH as you wish
Leaving the beans in the dye bath would change the colour you get. The only difference in the dyes used for the blue and green-grey in the bottom right of the image above, is that the bottom right had the beans in them.
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