Hugelkultur - last phase

Written by [email protected] on Jan. 6, 2017 in Natural Dye Plants

The finished wood layer, in total including that under the ground, the pile of mixed rotten and new wood is probably about 80cm high

Next we covered the pile with compost collected from the local recycling centre. We took time to push it down into the gaps so that the pile is as solid as possible and won't collapse too quickly. We hope.

Before putting on the next layer we watered it well as the wood needs moisture to start to ferment.

The final layers of well rotted compost to sustain the first years growth and then a 10cm ...

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New Year 2017 newsletter

Written by [email protected] on Jan. 4, 2017 in Dye House News, Events, Markets, workshops

The Autumn was a busy time at Renaissance Dyeing both professionally and personally so no time was found to publish an Autumn Newsletter. For those who are new subscribers, normally you can expect a newsletter at least each season if not more often.


Winter Woad

So what happened in the Autumn? Well among other things

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Hugelkultur- first phase

Written by [email protected] on Dec. 10, 2016 in Natural Dye Plants

What? Might you think does Hugelkultur have to do with natural dyeing. Plants, fermentation, chemical free, holistic to mention just a few similarities.

In our family we try to think of what someone might need for the coming year and give that as a gift for Christmas. This year I am getting a Hugelkultur bed and that should cover my gifts for the next 15 years at least!

There are many articles on the web about hugelkultur, this is only one of them. It is worth reading the discussion as well. I am just going to give you a quick ...

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Les Journées de la Laine Felletin 2016

Written by [email protected] on Nov. 9, 2016 in Dye House News, Markets, Natural Dye Plants

Felletin is a yearly gathering of wool enthusiasts in the Creuse, the heart of France. This was its 17th year and they attacked the organisation with gusto not only enlarging the exhibition space but also extending the time of the market to include Friday afternoon. The result was a friendly event where one had more time and space to look around and meet and chat to fellow woolers.

There were more natural dyers than ever this year, Vive la révolution.

Some pics:

It was lovely for us and our customers that designer Hélène Marcy came from Toulouse to help us ...

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October newsletter

Written by [email protected] on Oct. 6, 2016 in Dye House News, Events, La Laine, Markets

Octobre signifie Journées Nationales de la Laine à Felletin et cette année, il va être encore plus excitant avec plus d'espace: plus de 130 stands et plus de temps car il commence déjà le 28 octobre, vendredi après-midi à 14h00 Donc, deux jours et demi de laine. Nous serons là comme d'habitude et nous sommes impatients de voir nos travailleurs laineux collègues.

October means Journées Nationales de la Laine in Felletin and this year it is going to be even more exciting with more space: over 130 stands and more time as it already starts on Friday 28th ...

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Woad in Aude

Written by [email protected] on Oct. 5, 2016 in Dye House News, Events, Natural Dye Plants

Quelques amis dans l'Aude, ont eu des difficultés à obtenir un peu de bleu de leurs plantes guède, donc samedi dernier je suis allé pour aider.

J'étais un peu inquiet que peut-être il était trop tard dans l'année pour que les plantes donnent leur couleur précieuse, mais les feuilles bien faible en raison de la sécheresse donnaient des signes de contenant un pigment bleu, des taches pourpres sur les pointes des feuilles.

Some friends in the next department, Aude, have been having trouble getting any blue out of their woad plants, So last Saturday I went over ...

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Natural Dyeing Workshop 2016

Written by [email protected] on Sept. 19, 2016 in Dye House News, Events, Natural Dye Plants, workshops

The first day we mordanted and got some interesting reds from the all-in-one bath method and we started the solar dyeing. Day two we really began to get into colours with the weld and cochineal baths, you can see the results being labeled below:

Le premier jour, nous avons mordancés la laine et a obtenu quelques rouges intéressants de la méthode un-bain, aussi nous avons commencé la teinture solaire. Le deuxième jour nous avons vraiment commencé à entrer dans les couleurs avec les soudure et cochenille bains du réséda et cochenille. Vous pouvez voir les résultats étant marqués ci-dessous:

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Summer Events

Written by [email protected] on July 14, 2016 in Dye House News, Events, La Laine, Markets, Poll Dorset, workshops

L'été est toujours une période chargée ici chez Renaissance Dyeing et cet été aussi. Nous sommes très fiers d'être membres de l'Association La Toison d'Art et une fois de plus, nous serons à certains des marchés dans la région Rhône-Alpes. Vous pouvez nous et les autres artisans trouver dans les marchés suivants:

  • Dimanche 31 Juillet - St Pierre de Chartreuse (38)
  • Lundi 1 août - Autrans (38)
  • Mercredi 3 août - Abriès (05)
  • Jeudi 4 août - Monétier (05)
  • Samedi 6 août - Jausiers (04)
  • Dimanche 7 août - Colmars (04)
  • Vendredi 12 août - Anduze (30)
  • Dimanche 14 août - St Jean du ...

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From Flock t'Mill - the Poll Dorset

Written by [email protected] on July 7, 2016 in Dye House News, La Laine, Poll Dorset

First stop for wool is sheep. These are Sheila and Pete's Poll Dorsets, not only are they raised organically but the lambs are not sold for meat, only for breeding. So if anyone wants some good ewes or rams let me know and I will give you the shepherdess' number. You can find the naturally dyed wool here. Over the winter there will be some top designers presenting their work with this wool, keep an eye out.

Premier arrêt pour la laine est mouton. Ceux-ci sont les Poll Dorsets de Sheila et Pete, Ils sont élevés bio et les ...

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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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