Category archives: Dye House News

The latest news from our natural dye house in France.

Ethical fashion show

Written by [email protected] on Sept. 4, 2012 in Dye House News

This week the 9th. Ethical Fashion Show will open in Paris. Can you spot our 'Wall of Colour' on the Ethical Fashion / labels page? Over the years this series of shows has built up a much needed and ever more popular awareness of the sustainable sources of the clothes we choose to wear. This year there will be a small but important stand from the wool workers of France, a bright flag to slow fashion. This has been organised under the collective banner of ATELER by the indomitable Marie-Thérèse Chaupin.

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Cherry Coloured Twist

Written by [email protected] on Aug. 21, 2012 in Dye House News

The new batch of Blue-faced Leicester has now been mordanted and cured so it is dyeing time. First on the list is the Cherry Coloured Twist. Once dyed, washed and given an initial rinse it needs lots of extra rinsing to get rid of the fine ground cochineal particles that stick to the wool. This is usually done winter and summer in the river at the bottom of the hill. We are very lucky to have this river at the bottom of our hot and dusty hill, in January Adriaan rinses the wool here, but in heatwaves Fleur and I ...

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Gitane by Marylene Lynx

Written by [email protected] on Aug. 15, 2012 in Dye House News, Lace Knitting

Marylene Lynx the designer of the Bohemian Rhapsody has done it again with our fine lace-weight merino. I am extremely pleased to be able to present to you: GITANE a bolero cardigan designed in two colour ways Mid Pink and Sea Green.

The colour-ways were inspired by squares from her own Bohemian Rhapsody, one chosen by her and the other by her daughter, Ingrid, who models her choice in main shade mid pink and madder. This is an exciting knitting adventure resulting in a very original garment that has a soft feminine feel with a very bohemian twist. Utterly stunning ...

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Biella, The Wool Company

Written by [email protected] on May 26, 2012 in Dye House News

A few weeks ago now we went to collect some of our Poll Dorset 4 ply wool from northern Italy where it is combed and spun. It was a heartening experience to spend some days in Biella with the folk of Biella, The Wool Company. They were hosting the annual Feltrosa felt-in, the 'Wools of Europe exhibition' and the exhibition 'The Felt of the Shaman' which included a dance performance. To take part in all that, in such beautiful surroundings with such warm friendly people is something I will certainly repeat, picking up the 4-ply wool was an added bonus ...

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Happenings around the Dye House

Written by [email protected] on May 8, 2012 in Dye House News, Natural Dye Plants

Just to give you a peek of what is going on in the dyehouse.

There are three things on-going at the moment - dyeing for the new 10 coloured Shawlette from Cécile Balladino aka Eclectic Gipsyland; dyeing of some turkey-work wool for a project that has spanned 5 years for the Merchant's House in Marlborough, England and the endless job of keeping the crewel wool stock at a level that doesn't cause panic. Lampion is one of the Poll Dorset shades that will go into Cécile's new crochet shawl, this is made, among other things, with onion skins ...

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A Kaleidoscope of new kits and patterns

Written by [email protected] on March 6, 2012 in Dye House News

As you can see we have been busy almost non-stop all through the winter. We have been dyeing, winding and packing the new spin of organic Poll Dorset for kits for the designers' new patterns. Mary-Lena, always mindful of the dyer, used the wool from Kate Wallace's Roman de la Rose socks to create Ingrid's Swedish Beanie and Mitts which has kept many of you busy.

Ingrid's Swedish Beanie and Mitts

Kate Davis of Needled was very industrious designing two original circular pieces, the Funchal Moebius and Hazelhurst, both have proved great hits. More recently to celebrate the launch of the French web-site ...

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News of our Woolly Happenings

Written by [email protected] on July 8, 2011 in Dye House News

Not many wool collections nowadays can boast that the shepherdess and the wool spinner can be seen in the same photograph, but here they are, Sheila the Shepherdess of the Organic Poll Dorset Flock and Carmine from Biella, The Wool Company, caught on camera at the historic moment of the loading of the last bale.

Loading of the last bale

A big THANK YOU to Nigel and Carmine of Biella the Wool Company for taking the time and milage to go and collect the wool. THAT is customer service for you! And of course thanks to Pete for driving the front loader! Last but not ...

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Natural dyeing year at Renaissance Dyeing seen from January

Written by [email protected] on Jan. 24, 2011 in Dye House News

We wish you all a happy, creative and colourful 2011.

I hope that you have not had too much snow and that if you have you have had enough wool to see you through it! If not you still have time to snatch some of our January offer, which is 20% off the Blue-faced Leicester collection. The discount code is BFL (in upper case).

Our year ahead is looking interesting, the first outing will be Isend 2011 just after Easter. Adriaan and me will be taking a stall and I will be doing a demonstration of surface dyeing of felt ...

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Knitting kits designed by Mary Lena Lynx

Written by [email protected] on July 23, 2010 in Dye House News

For those of you inspired to get out your needlework by the work of the Staircase Stitchers mentioned in the last newsletter, you might like to look further for inspiration and guidance from Mary Corbet, that great ambassadress of fine needlework. Mary writes a daily blog on her site: www.needlenthread.com where she shares her vast experience in all types of embroidery. There you will find over 50 video stitch tutorials, a tips and techniques section - take a look at this church embroidery project, a large selection of free hand embroidery patterns, a section on embroidery books and one ...

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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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