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Natural Dyeing Safely - 10 Safety Tips

Safely Using and Storing Natural Dyes

Naturally occurring dyes contain chemicals as do modern synthetic dyes. Indeed, all insects, minerals and plants that are part of dyes are made up of some chemicals or another. Therefore it is sensible and indeed  important to take some basic safety precautions. Every natural dyeing course we offer contains a health and safety element advising how to use and store natural dyes.

Using natural dyes safely - 10 tips for good safe practice
Natural Dyeing Safely - Natural dyeing craft courses, available in our online shop, click here...

 

 

Safety Advice

A good proportion of what follows is good old fashioned common sense but we think it is worth saying, once again...

Keep Dyes Separate

  1. Treat all chemicals with proper care and attention just in case some are poisonous or may cause irritations to the skin.
  2. Ideally, work and store the dyes in a work room or area separate from the rest of your property. If this is not possible, work in a well ventilated area, away from food preparation areas, children and pets.
  3. Store all chemicals and dyes safely in clearly labelled containers and out of reach of children and pets.
  4. Any pots used for natural dyeing should not be used for cooking or food preparation.

Personal Safety

5. Protect yourself properly by using eye safety glasses, aprons and gloves, and a mask if using natural extracts that are like dust. Avoid skin contact and accidental ingestion or inhalation.

6. Avoid eating, drinking or smoking when handling dyes.

7. Dyes will stain your clothes and other objects.. that's what they are meant to do! Wear appropriate clothing together with your apron.

8. Don't let children anywhere near to natural dyes and boiling vessels

Heavy Items

9. Large pots of water are heavy (1 litre of water is 1 kilogram in weight or 10 litres is 10 kilograms (1 and a half Stones in old money) and when boiling are very hot. Be sure that you can lift them and if not ask someone who can.

Medical Advice

10. If any dyes or other chemicals are in contact with our eyes or you swallow and chemicals, seek medical advice!

Lots of this is just common sense.  Follow this basic advice and your natural dyeing journey will not only be safe, it will be  great source of enjoyment. 

Natural Dyeing Craft Courses

Learn how to hand dye protein fibres (animal fibres such as sheep wool, alpaca, yak and silk) or cellulose fibres (plant fibres such as cotton, linen, hemp and bamboo) using the traditional natural dyes. The craft courses are a hands on learning experience using ancient dyes such as Madder, Weld, and Cochineal, to name a few, in their natural form as well as extract. 

Located in the north Pembrokeshire countryside, our hands-on craft courses are held in a purpose designed Dye Studio. These courses are suitable for complete beginners and those that have a little experience. They are the foundation blocks of good practice for you to build and develop your own natural dye journey.

 

About FelinFach

Welsh Blankets - Hand woven in in Wales in limited numbers Wool Throws - Hand woven in Wales  Craft Courses - Natural Dyeing Gift Cards - By Post or by Email Welsh Tartan Scarves Sheepskin Rugs

Our company, FelinFach Natural Textiles is located in the heart of the Preseli area of Pembrokeshire near to Boncath. We design Welsh blankets and the iconic Welsh Tapestry blankets which are traditionally woven at Welsh mills. We also design and make natural hand dyed yarn, cotton, silk and wool scarves are all available in our yarn store and shop. We also offer Welsh tartansSheepskin Rugs, Gift Cards and tools and books for crafters and knitters - Cocoknits, Laine, Amirisu and Making to name a few! Our candlessoaps and hair care products are all hand made. Lastly, craft courses on hand dyeing with 100% natural dyes in the purpose designed FelinFach Dye Studio. We are a proud supporter of the Campaign for Wool, All Things Wales and Global Welsh.

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Last update 19th June 2022