Five years ago, when Rachel Denbow’s restless DIY spirit drew her to weaving—a craft she first tried as a Girl Scout—she rummaged for leftover yarn and scavenged a castoff drawer from an alley to build a loom.
She blogged tutorials (rachel-denbow.squarespace.com) while teaching herself to weave. To follow her passion for natural dyeing, however, the 36-year-old Springfield fiber artist and maker hasn’t had to search far beyond her own flower gardens. Excited about “finding what colors in the Ozarks would show up through each season,” she’s happy to share lessons on dyeing with flowers from marigolds and cosmos to hibiscus and Queen Anne’s lace.
Like Denbow, you can easily grow flowers for dyes—that is, if a potential palette isn’t already blooming around you.