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    Anyone made, used nettle dye

    Hi folks, the title says it all, I recently purchased a snow smock, and want to dye it, and after a google search etc, it occurred to me the bushcraft way would be to dye it use-ing something natural, hence nettle's..... So can anyone help, have you done it, was it a disaster, was it a success, many thanks Ian....................
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    How about Grass ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by El View Post
    How about Grass ?
    Wouldnt that cloud his judgement and be a tad unsafe around dyes and hot liquids ?......OHHHHHH Grass !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sapper4083 View Post
    Wouldnt that cloud his judgement and be a tad unsafe around dyes and hot liquids ?......OHHHHHH Grass !!
    Quote Originally Posted by El View Post
    How about Grass ?
    now now wrong forum surely
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    Woundwort gives a yellow dye and the roots of green alkanet give red, try something funky!

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    Onion skins die well too.
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    Isn't it nice when someone says "that's a great piece of kit, where did you buy that", then you can modestly reply "you can't buy it, I made it myself". The moral is, it's amazing what you can achieve if you put your mind to it.

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    Hi, Well i eat a lot of nettles and what i have found is if you boil them long enough it tends to release the colour but how you would treat this to become a dye i really don't know. sorry wish i could be of more help.

    good luck

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    Ian.

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    Years ago I tried to dye a old jacket with nettles all I did was boil up LOTS of nettles in a salt water solution then boiled the liquid down to make the colour stronger, it worked but not very well as it was patchy probably due to something I did wrong.

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