About Natural Dyes
We love the sun, but strong sunlight can fade any colors including those from natural substances. Although I use generally lightfast dyes, fading may still occur if fibers are exposed to prolonged strong light. Even if they become less intense with time in the sun, natural colors retain their beauty, taking on a “vintage” quality.
Hand wash fibers and garments in cool water with Ph-neutral mild detergent or fiber wash. Lay flat to dry. A small amount of run-off is normal and will not affect the overall color. Do not add vinegar to prevent run-off: it may have the opposite effect.
Fibers dyed with indigo and woad may “crock” or rub off a little on one’s hands while spinning, knitting, crocheting, or otherwise handling. Do not be alarmed! This is normal and does not affect the color. Residue washes off easily with soap and water. This is most likely to happen with some blue, purple, and green shades.
For more on our dyeing and yarnmaking process, see our About Butterfly’s Web page.
To learn more about caring for your naturally dyed items and how to order yarns dyed with natural materials, contact Butterfly's Web.