Category archives: Natural Dye Plants
Information on natural dye plants from Europe and abroad.
Juin embellit le sol et métamorphose le jardin de colorants dans une palette de teinture. Ici, vous pouvez jeter un coup d'oeil sur certaines plantes du jardin de teintures en ce moment . Ces graines de guède radiants donneront non seulement la culture de guède prochaines années, mais aussi donner cette belle violet foncé à la laine ou de tissu.
J'essaie de gérer le jardin de colorants afin qu'il soit en excellente condition pour l'atelier de teinture à la fin du mois d'août, la météo fait un défi intéressant. Je suis sur le point de récolter ...
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
June lovely June, beautifies the ground and metamorphoses the dye garden from potential to actual dye palette. Here you can take a peek at some of the plants in the dye garden at the moment. These radiant woad seeds will not only give next years woad crop but also give that beautiful deep purple to wool or cloth.
I try to manage the dye garden so that it is in top condition for the natural dye workshop at the end of August, the weather makes this an interesting challenge. I am about to harvest all the Garland Chrysanthemum flowers and ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
It was lovely for us and our customers that designer Hélène Marcy came from Toulouse to help us ...
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 ...