WELD - GAUDE

Written by [email protected] on May 13, 2016 in Dye House News, Events, Natural Dye Plants

Reseda Luteola, Weld or Dyers Rocket is a member of the cabbage family as the flea beetles in my garden know. Here it can be seen growing in the stones by my washing line. It prefers these kind of conditions to moist fertile soil. I leave it there year after year and it reseeds, doing much better by itself then through my sometimes painstaking efforts.

This plant is the queen of yellow dye givers, its dye is pure, bright and very colour and wash fast. It is sometimes a pain to work with having its own laws of saturation. It ...

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Spring 2016 Newsletter

Written by [email protected] on March 28, 2016 in Dye House News, Events, Natural Dye Plants, workshops

What news for Spring 2016?

Adriaan and me are very busy (as usual) preparing for the Nantes salon: Pour l,'Amour du Fil which will be at the Nantes Expo Parc from April 20th - 23rd. We are looking forward to our first visit to Nantes and we will be taking lots of the crewel wool. We also have free tickets to give away. Leave a comment on this newsletter on our blog pages AND 'Like' the Renaissance Dyeing facebook page to enter into the draw. Winners will be contacted before April 10th.

Quelles nouvelles pour le printemps 2016?

Adriaan et ...

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Summer 2016 Natural Dye Workshops

Written by [email protected] on Jan. 27, 2016

Natural Dyeing Workshops Summer 2016

We have been asked to do more workshops, so this year we have set two as jewels either side of the summer holidays: July 4-8th and August 22-26th. Each workshop will take only 6 students, so book early. .The workshops will be conducted in English. you can download more information here and the booking form

Please use the contact page to ask any questions and register your interest.

On nous a demandé de faire plus d'ateliers, de sorte que cette année, nous avons mis deux comme des bijoux de chaque côté de les vacances ...

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New Year 2016 newsletter

Written by [email protected] on Jan. 12, 2016 in Dye House News, Events, La Laine, Natural Dye Plants, workshops

A Happy and Colourful New Year to all our customers and friends.

Nous souhaitons à tous nos clients et amis un joyeux et coloré 2016

With the New Year we will be introducing a New Wool. We are very very pleased to have been able to buy some combed Merino D'Arles tops directly from a shepherds' co-operative in the east of France. This has cut out middlemen and given the shepherds a descent price for their wool. We have had the beautifully soft wool spun into a 4 ply yarn in Biella, Italy - no chemicals, just soap used in ...

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The Noble Thread

Written by [email protected] on Nov. 26, 2015 in Dye House News, Your Gallery

I expect many of you have already discovered the American crewel embroidery web-site, The Noble Thread dedicated to the art of early American embroidery.

Peut-être que beaucoup d'entre vous ont déjà découvert le site de broderie américaine The Noble Thread dédié à l'art de la broderie ancienne américaine.

Its creator, Caroline follows in the footsteps of Margaret Whiting and Ellen Miller of Deerfield Society of Blue and White Needlework, and her purpose mirrors theirs, to preserve, record, learn, teach, revive, and build upon the arts of early American women.

Le but de Caroline, son créateur, est de préserver ...

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September Newsletter

Written by [email protected] on Sept. 11, 2015 in Dye House News, Events

As summer is drawing to a close both Adriaan and me have warm memories of the exciting days we spent with the students on our natural dyeing workshop here in Montbel, you can see some more pics here on the blog.

Now the autumn mists are beginning to veil the lake in the mornings and there is a natural tendency to reach for the knitting needles of an evening. However we are far too busy for that sort of thing, YET.

I am dyeing and winding and Adriaan is winding and labeling, frantically! We hope to be in time to ...

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Natural dye workshop 2015

Written by [email protected] on Aug. 23, 2015 in Dye House News, Events, Natural Dye Plants, Your Gallery

So much to share, lots of pics, so here are a few of the daily highlights.

Winding and tying all that WHITE yarn.

First colour from the all-in-one Madder bath.

Some of the fruits of day 2 - Weld and Cochineal

Wednesday was Woad Day.

Weld and Indigo make green or turquoise.

Working those Madder bags...

....makes bright red maddered wool.

Gunilla brought along her amazing felted kimono for us to see.

Indigo diving!

Logwood wool cooling in its liquor.

Not much white wool left!

Decorating the washing line!

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Back and Forth

Written by [email protected] on July 29, 2015 in Dye House News, Events, La Laine

Pics of the wonderful Le lot et la Laine wool festival a few weeks ago.

Beautiful shades

Colourful Fred Boyer.

A sleeve from one of Merriley's nuno jackets.

One for the boys!

Our own stand, Thanks Zsofia!

THE Next event we attend will be here in the village.

AND the event after that will be on the 7th-11th October at The Knitting and Stitching Show at Ally Pally, London.. STAND RCJ1

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Le Lot et La Laine

Written by [email protected] on June 30, 2015 in Dye House News, Events, Natural Dye Extracts

Grande Fête de la Laine et du Tricot dans le Lot ! Big fibre festival in the Lot region in the south of France.

Troisième édition les 11 et 12 juillet 2015 au Musée de Cuzals, Sauliac sur Célé.

Beaucoup de couleurs sera sur place donc vous pouvez faire votre propre assemblage de couleur en fonction de vos goût et de votre garde robe.


Nous sommes ravis d'avoir Hélène Marcy - Eclat Du Soleil à notre stand. Non seulement est-elle apporter deux nouveaux modèles mais elle sera sur eu tout au long du week-end pour répondre à vos demandes de motif ...

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Creative workshops at Chateau de Gudanes

Written by [email protected] on June 7, 2015 in Dye House News, Events

The Chateau de Gudanes lies further into the Pyrénées about an hours drive south west of here.

There this summer the Australian embroiderer and designer Deborah Mackay will be offering week long or daily workshops. Both crochet and embroidery projects will be using Renaissance Dyeing crewel / lace-weight wool and of course we hope you will be able to put aside your work to pop over and see our humble artisan dye-house.

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