We made separate dyes using blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries.

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You will need:
1⁄2 cup table salt
8 cups water
vintage white cotton handkerchiefs (as many as you need for your window width)
berry dye
sewing needle
  1. Prepare handkerchiefs for dyeing: Wash the fabric you have chosen to dye.
  2. Don’t dry it—it needs to be wet.
  3. Prepare the fixative or mordant. This is to help the fabric take up the dye more easily. Combine salt and water in a large saucepan.
  4. Bring to a boil, stirring until salt dissolves.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Add the washed (wet) fabric and allow to stand 1 hour in the salt water.
  7. Remove fabric and rinse well with water. The fabric is now ready to be dyed.
  8. Dye handkerchiefs in your choice of berry dyes.
  9. Allow to dry naturally.
  10. Working 2 at a time, place right sides of handkerchiefs together and pin along 1 edge allowing a 1⁄4” hem.
  11. Sew together.
  12. Repeat with remaining handkerchiefs until you have a curtain the size you require.
  13. Measure the diameter of the rod (we used a branch!) you wish to hang the curtain from.
  14. Pin and sew a hem to fit rod or branch through.
  15. Hang curtain!


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