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The latest news from our natural dye house in France.

New Year Greetings

Ecrit par [email protected] le 22 janvier 2021 sous Bulletin, Dye House News, Natural Dye Plants, newsletter

Dear Friends,

Here at Renaissance Dyeing as all over the world 2020 was a challenging year to say the least, but we've also felt incredibly grateful for the support of our community of stitchers everywhere. We couldn't have made it through without you, and we have been truly bowled over by the consistent support and warmth you've all shown towards our yarn and threads this year.

And so, embroiderers, stitchers, knitter, crocheters, weavers and all wool workers, we just wanted to say thank you. We hope that you have found some joy in the threads you have ...

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Oak Brown

Ecrit par [email protected] le 2 novembre 2020 sous Dye House News, Natural Dye Plants

When we first moved to the Ariége in France we were lucky enough to have as our neighbour Madame G. Approaching her ninetieth year she wasn't too happy at first to receive these strangers as neighbours but we were nearly as wise as she was and knew that if we wanted to know and grow in this totally new area we simply needed to ask Madame G how she did it. Different climate, soil and even weeds would have floored us without her deep knowledge and aid. We lived happily together for nearly 10 more years before she parted ...

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Summer Jottings 2020

Ecrit par [email protected] le 7 juillet 2020 sous competition, Dye House News, Events, Markets, merinos d'arles, newsletter

I sincerely hope this finds you all well and that the last few months have been manageable and will continue to be so.

Summer Treats

Greening the Elizabethan Range , as if it wasn't green enough! We are offering, while stocks last, an extra skein of green for free with the Elizabethan Range.

Also, Adriaan has 'organised' a little giveaway of 2 packs of 6 different colours of the crewel / lace-weight wool for you. You can read all about it and how to enter on the blog.

New Sweater Kit

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Adriaan's Giveaway

Ecrit par [email protected] le 7 juillet 2020 sous competition, Dye House News, Lace Knitting

English at the bottom!

Ce n'est pas très souvent qu'Adriaan fait une erreur. Cette semaine, il en a fait un petit. Ils disent que le signe d'un artisan qualifié est qu'ils peuvent s'adapter à n'importe quel revers du processus.

Voici donc la solution d'Adriaan. Nous allons donner le problème.

Ce qui s'est passé, c'est que des écheveaux de 25 m ont été enroulés sur la machine à bobiner avec un diamètre trop large, ils sont donc trop gros !!

Adriaan les a divisés en deux groupes et nous vous les proposerons. Laissez ...

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Story of a sweater

Ecrit par [email protected] le 31 mai 2020 sous Bulletin, Dye House News, La Laine, merinos d'arles, Natural Dye Plants

The stunning Lady and the Unicorn tapestries at the Musee de Cluny in Paris were created in about 1500 using wool and natural dyes such as madder, woad and weld. They are believed to represent the five senses. Each one features a lady and her maidservant, a unicorn, a lion and numerous small birds and animals, as well as trees and plants. The background colour is red, dyed with madder, which has not noticeably faded in all the five hundred varied years since the tapestries were woven. This is a remarkable testament to the durability of natural dyes. Sections of ...

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Exploring Natural Dyes workshop 2020

Ecrit par [email protected] le 31 décembre 2019 sous Dye House News, Events, La Laine, Natural Dye Plants, Poll Dorset, workshops

A 4 day workshop in the foothills of the Pyrenees.

En français ci-dessous.

A totally hands-on , even up to your elbows, plant dyeing workshop.

What will you be dyeing?

Mostly wool, either our French sourced Poll Dorset or the fine merino Lace-weight. But also this year a piece of antique linen for making a tote bag or cushion, French and very local of course.

With what will you dye it?

We will first be using the dye stuffs that have been tried and tested over the centuries, that is madder, weld and woad or indigo.

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New Year 2020 Newsletter

Ecrit par [email protected] le 18 novembre 2019 sous Dye House News, Events, Markets, newsletter, Poll Dorset, workshops

We wish a colourful, peaceful and healthy 2020 to all our dear customers.

A big thank you for supporting our little artisan business, it is greatly appreciated especially as we are not always so hot on social media.

There are few shades of the Merinos d'Arles at a lower price to help you kick off to a warm natural New Year.

Here is a brief whizz through some of the things we will be making and doing in 2020.

Punchneedle We have sold punch-needle kits for quite a few years now, ever since we teamed up with the talented ...

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Michaelmas 2019 newsletter

Ecrit par [email protected] le 23 septembre 2019 sous Bulletin, Dye House News, Lace Knitting, La Laine, Markets, merinos d'arles, newsletter

Back in the old days (whenever and wherever they were) Michaelmas was one of the big land festivals when people would gather together to exchange goods in preparation for the winter and also find new work as at the end of the busy summer season, itinerant land workers sought shelter for the winter. Both men and women looked ahead to hard winter times lightened for both by the thought that when the cold work was done they could draw around the fire and spin or knit and listen to the old tales that thrilled their hearts and guided them to ...

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June 2019 Newsletter

Ecrit par [email protected] le 18 juin 2019 sous Bulletin, Dye House News, Events, Markets, merinos d'arles, newsletter

New fermentation dyed yarn up on web-site. These limited editions are fermented itogether with madder root and weld and then later dipped in the indigo vat. Because of the method involved there are only 12 hanks in this latest Merinos d'Arles edition, which because of its earthy and fiery tones we have named Lava. You will find it at the bottom of the Batches and Bundles page

An increasing number of people are using our naturally dyed wools for punchneedling (is there a verb - 'to punchneedle' I wonder?) In particular the fine crewel wool lends itself to punchneedling, having ...

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Late Spring Sale

Ecrit par [email protected] le 29 mai 2019 sous Dye House News, Lace Knitting, La Laine, merinos d'arles, newsletter, sale

Yes, you heard right, we are having a SPRING SALE, we thought it might cheer everyone up in this eternal wet spring we are having! There is no code needed instead I am reducing all the prices of all kinds of wool across the web-site by 15%

This will include the 3 kits that use the main embroidery range, the main range itself and its Elizabethan sister. And of course the individual skeins and hanks of:-

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