Category archives: Dye House News

The latest news from our natural dye house in France.

Why rain water is used for our natural dyes

Written by [email protected] on March 24, 2007 in Dye House News

The wonderful news is that it is raining! For the first time since Christmas. Tap, spring and even river water (I've tried them all) in our part of the Pyrénées are very very hard. While some natural dyes positively glow in this, dyes such as brazil-wood, logwood and cochineal do not and these we usually dye in rain water. We are running very low in shades produced with these natural dyes, so we are very relieved to see the rain.

Crewel Wool

As always at this time of year demand is increasing and I have had my fingers crossed ...

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Our naturally dyed yarns ready for Harrogate textile show

Written by [email protected] on March 24, 2007 in Dye House News

Here in Le Fort, which is the tiny part of our village once occupied by a Roman fort, the shared washing line has been given up for Renaissance Dyeing's naturally dyed wool, wash pegs have been lent and photographs taken.

Washing for Harrogate

In a day or two we will wind it into skeins and hanks. Wool, silk, cotton, cashmere, merino, local organic 4-ply; some will be bagged into co-ordinated kits, some will be left loose so that at Harrogate you can order lengths to suit yourselves.

In a few weeks or months it will be all over the world used in ...

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