Dye garden in June 2017

Written by [email protected] on June 5, 2017 in Dye House News, Natural Dye Plants

A quick tour of the dye-garden as it is at the moment on 5th June 2017; naming plant, uses and colours.

Judas tree pods give a lovely orange tinged eco-print and their roots if you ever dare dig them up give a red dye.

Dyers Chamomile (Anthemis tinctoria) producing a warmer yellow than weld on all fibres, good for solar dyeing and eco-printing.

Dyers Greenwood (Genista tinctoria) Good yellow dye on all fibres, handy for eco-printing

Garland Chrysanthemum (Glebionis coronaria) Yet another abundant source of yellow, gives a warm yellow to orange dye, great for solar dyeing and eco-printing

Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) a lovely primrose yellow, but need to use the flowers and leaves fresh not dried.

Hollyhock (Alcea). This is the black hollyhock which is best used for eco-printing, it gives a purple/blue dye.

budding Indigo (Indigofera tinctoria), blue, blue and blue on any fibre.

Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum) a source of blue imprints for eco-printing.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) really does help to chase those moths away.

Perennial Coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata), very warm yellow/orange, good for solar dyeing

Sumac (Rhus) Source of tannin for mordanting of cellulose fibres, good eco-printing plant, but you really have to watch it doesn't spread underground!

Madder and behind Japanese Indigo (Rubia tinctorum and Persicaria tinctorium) warm red and blue respectively on all fibres.

Walnut (Juglans regia) source of good browns, without mordant.

Weld in flower (Reseda luteola) The yellow dye for all fibres.. very light-fast

Woad (Isatis tinctoria) European source of blue for all fibres.

Woad seeds, ripe for picking to reseed or use for dyeing. Wonderful for eco-printing

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