Blue dawn flower dyeing

The morning glory, also called the blue dawn flower, is a beautiful late summer and fall climbing twiner with alternate leaves and large purple flowers. It’s also a close relative of the sweet potato.

Try this recipe and let me know how it comes out for you. No mordant required. Don’t get too technical. Have fun!

Dye Bath Recipe

Fresh morning glory blossoms (2 gallon)

Alum (1/2 cup)

Cream of tartar (1/4 cup)

Water (2 gallons)


Add the fresh blossoms to a stainless steel pot and cover with water. Boil for 45 minutes. Strain and discard the flowers (or better yet-add to the compost pile). Next, add enough cold water to the liquid to make 2 gallons. Bring to a boil. Add the cream of tartar and the alum.. Stir and add wool. Boil gently for 30 minutes. Rinse. Dry.

Color: Green




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