Category archives: Natural Dye Plants

Information on natural dye plants from Europe and abroad.

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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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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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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Hugelkultur - last phase

Written by [email protected] on Jan. 6, 2017 in Natural Dye Plants

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 ...

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Hugelkultur- first phase

Written by [email protected] on Dec. 10, 2016 in Natural Dye Plants

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 ...

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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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Woad in Aude

Written by [email protected] on Oct. 5, 2016 in Dye House News, Events, Natural Dye Plants

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 ...

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Natural Dyeing Workshop 2016

Written by [email protected] on Sept. 19, 2016 in Dye House News, Events, Natural Dye Plants, workshops

The first day we mordanted and got some interesting reds from the all-in-one bath method and we started the solar dyeing. Day two we really began to get into colours with the weld and cochineal baths, you can see the results being labeled below:

Le premier jour, nous avons mordancés la laine et a obtenu quelques rouges intéressants de la méthode un-bain, aussi nous avons commencé la teinture solaire. Le deuxième jour nous avons vraiment commencé à entrer dans les couleurs avec les soudure et cochenille bains du réséda et cochenille. Vous pouvez voir les résultats étant marqués ci-dessous:

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WELD - GAUDE

Written by [email protected] on May 13, 2016 in Dye House News, Events, Natural Dye Plants

Reseda Luteola, Weld or Dyers Rocket is a member of the cabbage family as the flea beetles in my garden know. Here it can be seen growing in the stones by my washing line. It prefers these kind of conditions to moist fertile soil. I leave it there year after year and it reseeds, doing much better by itself then through my sometimes painstaking efforts.

This plant is the queen of yellow dye givers, its dye is pure, bright and very colour and wash fast. It is sometimes a pain to work with having its own laws of saturation. It ...

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Spring 2016 Newsletter

Written by [email protected] on March 28, 2016 in Dye House News, Events, Natural Dye Plants, workshops

What news for Spring 2016?

Adriaan and me are very busy (as usual) preparing for the Nantes salon: Pour l,'Amour du Fil which will be at the Nantes Expo Parc from April 20th - 23rd. We are looking forward to our first visit to Nantes and we will be taking lots of the crewel wool. We also have free tickets to give away. Leave a comment on this newsletter on our blog pages AND 'Like' the Renaissance Dyeing facebook page to enter into the draw. Winners will be contacted before April 10th.

Quelles nouvelles pour le printemps 2016?

Adriaan et ...

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