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In Search of Forgotten Colours

I just had to share this video that the V&A have put on YouTube: In Search of Forgotten Colours – Sachio Yoshioka and the Art of Natural Dyeing. Sachio Yoshioka runs the family dye workshop in Fushimi, southern Kyoto. Since … 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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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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