Category archives: Dye House News

The latest news from our natural dye house in France.

The Dye Garden in Early May

Written by [email protected] on May 1, 2017 in Dye House News, Natural Dye Plants

The dye garden here in the Ariege is beginning to move, although germination and growth of new plants is slow through lack of rain and very cold snaps. These picture were taken on the 1st of May.

Autumn plantings such as Dyer's Chamomile (Anthemis tinctoria) below, and Dyer's Greenweed are off to a good start.

Dyers Greenweed (Genista tinctoria) this one has avoided the winter pruning by rabbits.

The thick rooted black Hollyhock (Alcea) is not doing so well after being moved and I will have to make sure it gets plenty of water and a good mulch ...

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Pour L'Amour du Fil 2017- some pics

Written by [email protected] on May 1, 2017 in Dye House News, Events, Markets

When you go to a busy show you don't always have time to have a look around. An early morning browse perhaps or quick forays to the loo or cafe. My tendency is to do an overall survey and then return when I can to things that attracted me. So here are some of my photos.

En allant dans un grand salon, vous n'avez pas toujours le temps de regarder autour. Une visite tôt le matin peut-être, ou des incursions rapides au café. Ma tendance est de faire une évaluation globale et de revenir quand je peux à ...

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Spring newsletter

Written by [email protected] on April 1, 2017 in Dye House News, Events, Lace Knitting, Markets, workshops

We are very much looking forward to once more being at Pour l'Amour du Fil in Nantes from April 19th - 23rd. We will be on stand D21 and as usual we will have our three wools in loads of naturally dye colours, some new kits including Fresco by Kieran Foley and an opportunity to take part in a competition.

As usual there will be many prestigious designers present such as AMY BUTLER, BRIGITTE HEITLAND, MINICK AND SIMPSON and KAFFE FASSETT . They will share their experience in numerous workshops and conferences. In addition, a book the Artisan collection by Kaffe ...

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Le Bulletin du Printemps 2017

Written by [email protected] on March 30, 2017 in Dye House News, Events, La Laine, Markets, workshops

Nous sommes très impatients d'être de nouveau à Pour l'Amour du Fil à Nantes du 19 au 23 avril. Nous serons sur le stand D21 et comme d'habitude nous aurons nos trois laines teintes en couleurs vives, les kits de crochet et de tricot, favoris et nouveaux, y compris Fresco Crescent par Kieran Foley et l'occasion de participer à un concours.

Il y aura de nombreux designers prestigieux tels que AMY BUTLER, BRIGITTE HEITLAND, MINICK et SIMPSON et KAFFE FASSETT. Ils partageront leur expérience dans de nombreux ateliers et conférences. En outre, un livre avec la ...

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Winter in Creuse and a Spring competition / concours

Written by [email protected] on March 23, 2017 in Dye House News, Events, Lace Knitting

I know it is Spring in date if not in fact. But none the less today we are launching 'winter in Creuse", the second in the series of Creuse shawls designed by Hélène Marcy.

Je sais que c'est le printemps en date, sinon en fait. Quand même , aujourd'hui nous lançons 'winter in Creuse", le deuxième dans la série des châles de Creuse conçus par Hélène Marcy.

The same striking drape with a wintry combination of naturally dyed colours. Dyes that include oak, weld madder and indigo.

Le même drap doux avec une combinaison hivernale de couleurs teintes naturellement ...

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Woad Sowing Time Again!

Written by [email protected] on March 16, 2017 in Dye House News, Natural Dye Plants, workshops

Wherever you are in the world, when the daffodils start flowering, that is the time to sow the woad seeds for the coming years blue harvest.

It is a good idea to select a few good plants to allow to go to seed for next years sowing and to remove all the other woad plants before the seeds engulf your neighbourhood and beyond. Woad is classified as an invasive plant in some areas. Leave the culled plants to dry a little before adding them to your compost heap.

This is one of the three sturdiest plants I selected to grow ...

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Une petite annonce exceptionnelle

Written by [email protected] on Feb. 7, 2017 in Dye House News, Events, Markets

Nous allons à la fête de la laine à Crest CETTE WEEK-END 11-12 février. L'Association Toisons d'Art, dont nous sommes membres depuis 4 ans, nous a offert un stand qui est devenu libre au dernier moment.

Donc, nous avons décidé hier soir d'aller et maintenant il ya une tempête d'activité chez nous. Un peu de bobinage supplémentaire, beaucoup d'étiquetage, l'impression des modèles français, etc. Ensuite, nous devons charger tout dans le camion et le sortir de l'autre côté au stand 29 à Crest. Où peut-être nous vous verrons aussi!


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Natural dye workshop 2017 Atelier teintures végétales

Written by [email protected] on Feb. 3, 2017 in Dye House News, Events, Natural Dye Plants, workshops

This year there will be fully hands-on natural dye workshop, here at my dye house in Montbel from August 21 to 25th. This workshop will take only 6 students, so book early. .The workshops will be conducted in English but French will also be used and the handouts are in both languages.

You can download an outline of what we will be doing on the workshop here

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

Cette année, il y aura un atelier de teinture naturelle entièrement pratique, ici à mon atelier de teinture à Montbel ...

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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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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.

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

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