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Woad Week

Written on September 12, 2013 at 11:38 am

Several people have asked how to grow, process and dye with woad. Woad is a hardy biennial plant, native to northern Europe and the British Isles. It is the source of the blue dye chemical – indigotin. It is very easy to grow. It is the first year’s leaves which are harvested for dyeing.    Continue Reading »



Written on May 25, 2013 at 3:42 pm

The indigo vats have finally come to order and I am keen to dye some lovely silk I have had for some time now. I want to try the Arashi Shibori method as I have never attempted it before. Shibori is a Japanese term for several different methods of resist dyeing cloth to make patterns,  Continue Reading »


Making an Indigo Fermentation Vat

Written on May 1, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Last year’s woad is now in flower and looking lovely and my bees are really enjoying them. But his year’s woad plants are still too small to cut and I would think it will be a few more weeks yet before I can make my woad pigment. In the meantime – now the weather is  Continue Reading »



Written on March 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Change of plan regarding dyeing with woad! I have been doing a project linked to my spinners and dyers guild which has involved dyeing with weld – so I thought I would share that with you for this blog. I grow weld each year and either use it fresh from mid summer through to early  Continue Reading »



Written on March 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Continuing with my madder dyeing last week. I used the same dye bath on three more occassions, each time producing a paler shade and each colour is very beautiful.                                                      Continue Reading »



Written on March 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm

This is Pearl last year before shearing. I have had a very busy week dyeing the fleece of our beautiful alpaca called Pearl – isn’t she cute! After the shearing, her fleece is laid out and skirted to remove the bits of straw and excess dust.                    Continue Reading »



Written on February 27, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Another beautiful weekend! I finished preparing another four raised beds – about 6′ x 4’each – which will now give me a rotation of new madder roots every 3 – 5 years. Madder is a well known Medieval garden plant – creeping along the ground or clinging onto fences and walls. In its second year  Continue Reading »



Written on February 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm

What a beautiful sunny day! I’m going to take advantage of this beautiful weather and make a start on increasing the number of my madder beds. Madder has been cultivated as a dyestuff since antiquity in central Asia and Egypt. Cloth dyed with madder root pigment was found in the tomb of Tutankamun. Madder root  Continue Reading »