Tuesday, 18 July 2017

More Marigolds

I processed my yellow marigolds and my variegated orange / rusty red coloured ones separately, to see if they yielded different colours. They did, but not as I'd expected! The yellow ones gave me some really intense colours, but the variegated ones produced a much paler dye than I could have predicted. Natural dyeing never stops producing surprises.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Golden Rod

This is the result from dyeing with Solidago tops, aka Golden Rod. From the left, mordanted with alum, with copper, with alum + tin, and finally alum + iron.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Orange French Marigolds

I've separated my marigold heads into three separate colours for the dye pot. This is what I obtained from the orange ones. From the left, mordanted with alum, copper, alum + tin and alum + iron. It never fails to enchant me to see the wide range of colours that can be obtained from one dye pot. Who says natural dyes are insipid and boring?

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

News From the Dyer's Garden

Everything is blooming in my dyer's garden. I have arrived home from two weeks' cruising from St Petersburg to Moscow, to find the garden a riot of colour.

Yesterday afternoon, I picked 184 French Marigolds, in three colours: yellow, orange and burnt orange, which yielded three separate dye baths. I'm dying (no pun intended) to see what results I obtain when I try my four skein method with each dye pot.

I also picked some  Dyer's Chamomile and some Golden Rod (Solidago) , and made two more dye baths from these gleanings.

Elsewhere in the garden, my Ladies' Bedstraw is in flower and so is the Yellow Cosmos, though these flowers are so pale that I wonder if I'll get a decent colour out of them when I have sufficient to make a dye bath.

The Wild Carrot, Mallow and Yarrow are about to flower, too!

The only problem I have right now is how to get rid of the bindweed that is invading the plot. Grrrr!

Friday, 23 June 2017

French Marigold Bling!

The French marigolds gave me an amazing range of colours. Who would have thought it!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

French Marigolds

The hot weather has brought the French Marigolds into flower in my Dyer's Garden. There are just about enough flowering heads to take a harvest. The  chamomile and the cosmos are on their way to flowering too. We just need some rain, as well as sunshine, to encourage them.


I've just finished putting my midsummer warp, Litha, on my Saori loom. There are 26 different colours in this warp, all dyed using plant materials gathered from my local environment, Loughton in Milton Keynes. I can't wait to get weaving.