Category Archives: Dyestuffs

A natural dye rainbow

I have been doing a lot of experiments natural dyeing , and I decided to take a course, to get the knowledge in place systematically. So I’m doing a three module course with Justine Aldersey-Williams this year. In module 1, … Continue reading

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Crayon colours

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An indigo vat

After my woad experiment in the summer, I intended to have another go with a different recipe. But the woad crop wasn’t good enough. So now I’m trying with powdered indigo from Tamil Nadu. I’m using the 123 method, because … Continue reading

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The theory of home made natural inks

When I get myself organised, I am going to try making inks and watercolours out of natural dyestuffs. But it does take some organisation. This post is just the sort of thing that should inspire me, but actually makes the … Continue reading

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Progress in the dye garden

I’m beginning to move on from the idea of a dedicated dye garden. I suspected this moment would come. Originally, I had plans for a kitchen garden. I set up eight raised beds, and allocated the beds to different types … Continue reading

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Red onion skins

I heard on Woman’s Hour recently that red onion skins give green. I thought that was worth a go. Onion skins are very light, and you hear tales of people getting their friends and neighbours to save all theirs to … Continue reading

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First adventures with woad

Well, I’ve finally bitten the bullet. I’ve read dire warnings about the importance of being patient with woad harvesting, because: you need a lot of leaves to get a decent amount of dye, and the chemicals that provide the blue … Continue reading

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Did I tell you I’ve got some woad plants?

I don’t know if you have ever tried, but buying woad plants is quite difficult. Seeds are quite easy to come by, but I don’t have fantastic conditions for seeds and seedlings. One of the reasons I am starting a … Continue reading

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Finally, it is planting time!

I’m quite excited. All winter, I have been tending some seeds. OK, so let’s be honest, that gives a rather broad impression. I planted some seeds in the autumn: Some had to go in situ. Nothing seems to have happen … Continue reading

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Welcome to my blog!

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