I have been inspired to revisit natural dyes once more
Every time it has new meanings and contexts–
2011 connections with the Ipswich Spinners & Weavers, Kate’s delicious garden and new landscapes of the Granite Belt.
Watch the amazing colours appear in this post soon!
I have been documenting the process and samples in a diary which I started in 1986. Its been interesting with entries from dyeing days which mostly took place in August and September. Even son Jake was 6 years and made some samples too…this was 21 years ago!
Kitchen– tumeric, cocheneal
Garden– onion skins and gentle simmer with alum as mordant.
Wild– fermenting of lichens in ammonia/water for 3 weeks…purples.
500gr eucylpt leaves (various types), 100gr wool, no mordant, simmer 3-5 hrs…brilliant red, ochre, olive