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 the surrounding land on behalf of the landowner prior to the abolition of share cropping from the 1960s*. In the … More Natural Dyeing Experiments: Apricot Bark & Root

Natural Dyeing Experiments: Quince leaves

The mature quince tree we have in the garden is a continual source of joy and pleasure. It has sculptural presence that provides shade in the summer and the oh, so sweet smell of ripening quinces as autumn becomes winter. Whilst the fruits become jam, jelly or marmellata/membrillo/cheese, I was keen to see if the leaves would work as a dye source, and oh my, it really didn’t disappoint. I had explored the potential of … More Natural Dyeing Experiments: Quince leaves

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. In sum… Walnuts – What a rollercoaster! The nuts and husks, wizened or not, were not the real stars of … More Natural Dyeing Experiments: Walnuts – What a Tease!

Natural Dyeing Experiments: Day Lillies

When I introduced this series of blog posts exploring my adventures in dyeing, I pledged to share with you my mistakes as well as my successes on the basis that we can learn from each others’ mistakes as well as our own. It’s therefore quite ironic that it was just before the launch of the ‘new look’ Ravlery which meant that I could no longer use the site, that I discovered the Natural Dyeing Ravelry … More Natural Dyeing Experiments: Day Lillies

Natural Dyeing Experiments: Pomegranate

After my high hopes for Dyer’s Camomile were somewhat dashed, I wavered as to whether pomegranate should be my next experiment. The colour swatches in Wild Colour by Jenny Dean seemed a little muddy and off putting compared to the vibrant yellows of Dyers Camomile which had attracted me, but I had failed to achieve. I think it was actually the thought of yet more beige that was lurking in the back of my mind that … More Natural Dyeing Experiments: Pomegranate