There is something blue in the woodshed

Written by [email protected] on July 20, 2010 in Dye House News

Le Rentrée all over France is a time when the outdoor life is coming to a close and people start to settle back in their houses., children return to school, trailers of wood labour towards barns and the bureaucrats answer their telephones again. That is all of course if they are not on strike!

In the Ariège and all along the Pyrenées it is also the time of the transhumance, when the grazing animals are brought down from the high mountain pastures to their winter homes beside the farms. The village next to ours celebrates this event with a grand ...

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Kate Wallace - Designer for Knitnation

Written by [email protected] on July 10, 2010 in Dye House News

First I would like to share with you the latest news from the Staircase Stitchers.. it sounds exciting.. here is what Jane Dew has to say," After five inspiring years, of the Staircase Stitchers', 13 projects are rapidly being completed, two bed hangings are up, one more completed and three on frames! Glorious needlepoint cushion covers, both entirely needlepoint and four with "slips" are ready for making up and the dowry cupboard carpet in petit point is well over half done. It is all truly AMAZING!!

When I have time, after finishing making the bespoke feather cushions and the the ...

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Knitnation designers

Written by [email protected] on June 26, 2010 in Dye House News

It has been a while since the last blog post and much wool has passed through the dye vats since then, with just a month to go to the Knitnation 2010 expo I thought I had better let you know what was going on in the dye house.

Although our main product is still the embroidery threads, knitting has been occupying Tee and me for quite a while now as we dye and wind the wool for the kits the designers are finalising for Knitnation. Tee is a whirlwind of efficiency as she winds piles of precisely weighed hanks to ...

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Juliet Sargeant's Naturally Dyed Garden

Written by [email protected] on June 20, 2010 in Dye House News

Juliet Sargeant, the award winning garden designer has been visiting Renaissance Dyeing with a camera crew from the BBC's Gardener's World.

BBC filming Julet

After visiting my non-award winning garden and looking at the madder and woad plants there, Juliet had a go at naturally dyeing with woad, one of the plants that will be growing in her natural dye garden at the Hampton Court Flower Show.

Producer Richard Holmes and researcher Simon Rice are zooming around the garden exhibitors filming for their special Hampton Court Flower Show edition of Gardener's World which will be broadcast on Friday July 10th ...

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Socks from Renaissance Dyeing Yarn

Written by [email protected] on Dec. 29, 2009 in Your Gallery

Voila! Socks knitted by Polly Van Bremmel using the bluefaced Leicester - Iris, here is what she has to say about the pattern she used and the yarn.

Polly's Monkeys

The pattern I used as reference is by Cookie A. called "Monkeys." I say referenced, because I made quite a few modifications: toe up (vs. cuff down), no purls (knitted these sts), no yo's (unique left and right leaning increases so pattern "swirls" better, without any yo holes).

I knitted them with a size 2.25 mm/100 cm circular (for 2 at a time). Also, when I make socks, I make ...

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Cookie A Sock Innovation Kal Sponsor

Written by [email protected] on Dec. 2, 2009 in Dye House News

Renaissance Dyeing is a sponsor for this months Cookie A, Sock Innovation, Knit-a-long (Kal)

For the month of December (2009) We will be offering a 10% discount for anyone in the Ravelry, Sock Innovation Group.

The prize we are offering for the winner of the Kal is NOT a hank of our naturally plant dyed BFL sock wool but a Natural Dyed Sock Kit.

The winner will receive full instructions on how to use it, which is the equivalent of spending a day here in one of my workshops, without the French bit, unfortunately.

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Plant dyeing with madder compost

Written by [email protected] on Nov. 26, 2009 in Natural Dye Plants

The sock yarn below was dyed not exactly on a compost heap but in buckets of left over dye stuffs that were left in the sun for a few weeks.

It was a continuation of the use of the home-grown madder written about in the previous article Madder and Madder.

The madder in question had already been used to dye over one and a half times its weight, however because the madder was quite coarsely chopped I could see both from the wool dyed and the madder that was left over that the red pigments had not yet been fully ...

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More about home grown madder

Written by [email protected] on Nov. 11, 2009 in Dye House News, Natural Dye Plants

Lots of you have asked how I would process the madder harvested last year.

Well, it has dried very well, hanging in my neighbours' barn and was only brought inside just as the cyclone arrived last January. I wasn't going to risk my madder being blown away! It had dried so well that it was possible to snap it into smaller pieces, but not small enough.

Dried Madder

I have saved this home grown madder for this Autumn's sock collection not only because I have heard that madder needs to mature for a year but also I thought that Jan ...

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The Exhausting Pursuit of Pale Pink

Written by [email protected] on Oct. 27, 2009 in Dye House News

Exhaust is the name given in dyeing to the leftover dye baths. So once you have dyed a batch of wool what you have left over in the vat is called first exhaust. Once you have dyed something in this you have the 2nd exhaust left.

With this in mind I set out to dye pale pink!

I needed quite a lot of dark crimson pink Cherry Coloured Twist sock weight yarn for the new pattern by Ysolda Teague being launched in the next issue of Twist Collective, so I started with a strong cochineal dye bath. As I need ...

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Medieval Purses from Suis le fil

Written by [email protected] on Oct. 8, 2009 in Your Gallery

Vivi alias Suis Le Fil of the Champagne region of France has been very busy over the summer combining her love of all things medieval and her knitting skills.

The Medieval drawstring bags below have been created using Renaissance Dyeing Sock-weight 4-ply wool.

Three Medieval Purses

Fortunately we don't have to attend the French Madieval Faires to buy one as Vivi also has an Etsy Shop.

Blue and Ecru Drawstring Purse

You can also view her blog and follow the stories behind her creations.

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