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Macramé Tutorial: How to Dye a Textile Tapestry

Discover the basic steps for dyeing natural fibers and the process for handling dyes with Pluumbago

Water, heat, dye, and the fibers to be dyed. Although it doesn't require much, the dyeing process has its secrets, especially if you want to obtain different tones and textures, or coppery and opaque colors and use other effects that will make your work stand out.

In this tutorial, Mexican textile artist Ixchel Yué (@pluumbago), founder of the Pluumbago brand, shares her basic tips on the hydration of the strips, temperature, and heating time, as well as the materials needed for the ideal dyeing of cotton fibers.

Necessary materials

Before you start, keep in mind that you'll need to gather:

  • A sketch of the work you will do with the dyed strips, in which you establish the amount of fiber each color will receive
  • Water and a bowl to pre-hydrate the strips
  • A pot
  • Dyes of the desired shades
  • Tongs to manipulate the fiber and remove it when it is hot
  • A rag to clean the work area
  • An apron
  • Salt or dye fixative
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