A Winter of Natural Plant Dyeing Experiments: Striking Neons, a few cowpats and a surprise

It’s been a while since I posted regarding my natural dyeing experiments so I thought I’d do a round up of the various colours and shades that I’ve been cooking up over the winter months, in anticipation of, and to clear the decks for, the opportunities that spring will bring. Today I will stick to … More A Winter of Natural Plant Dyeing Experiments: Striking Neons, a few cowpats and a surprise

My Advent Tavis: Update

Back at the beginning of December I stated my knitterly intention to spend the Advent period starting and, hopefully, finishing a Tavis Cowl from Susan Crawford‘s latest publication Evolution, using the mini skeins I had dyed myself over the past year as part of my experiments in natural dyeing. So how do you think I … More My Advent Tavis: Update

Natural Dyeing Experiments: Apricot Bark & Root

For a number of years we’ve tried a range of different approaches to try and save a very old and rather diseased and fungal apricot tree in the garden. The reason for this was largely sentimental rather than practical connecting us, via my parents-in-law, to the person who previously lived in this house and farmed … More Natural Dyeing Experiments: Apricot Bark & Root

Natural Dyeing Experiments: Walnuts – What a Tease!

Remember those wizened walnuts that I spoke about in my Natural Dyeing introductory post? Well, I eventually got around to trying them out… and I’m butting back in at the beginning of this post because between drafting this post and publishing it, I’ve also experimented with walnut leaves, so I’ll talk about that here too. … More Natural Dyeing Experiments: Walnuts – What a Tease!

Natural Dyeing Experiments: Dyer’s Camomile

After a couple dyeing experiments using less conventional dyeplants, I thought it was time to reward myself with something a little more recognised… and to also put a stop to my beheading these wonderfully cheery flowers until I was sure they could deliver a colour that surpassed what I could achieve with garden waste. Dyer’s … More Natural Dyeing Experiments: Dyer’s Camomile

Natural Dyeing Experiments: Old Man’s Beard or Travellers Joy

Old Man’s Beard, Traveller’s Joy or Clematis Vitalba was an iconic part of traditional British hedgerows when and where I grew up. As kids we loved those hairy fronds that appeared around about the same time as blackberries. As a gardener however, too much of the old boy in the hedgerow is a pest. I’m … More Natural Dyeing Experiments: Old Man’s Beard or Travellers Joy