New Work Harvested

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I’ve yet to write about the fact that I opened a new studio this summer (I will soon!) but am skipping ahead to share some new work using flowers harvested from the studio dye garden. Back in May I planted Dyer’s Coreopsis, Dyer’s Camomile, Sumac, Hollyhocks, Woad, Madder, Weld, Lady’s Bedstraw, Angelica and Meadowsweet and 3 months later I got to use the first crop of flowers in an ecoprinting project.   I’d dyed some silk scarves using shibori resist … Read More

New Date for Eco-Spectrum workshop

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Sat 25th June 2016 10am – 4pm Discover sustainable, environmentally friendly ways to beautifully pattern fabric using ancient techniques and plant dyes. Woad (Indigo), Madder and Weld are the oldest European dyes which can create a full spectrum of colours when combined. Shibori is a refined form of tie-dye originating in Japan and used to create intricate patterns. These are created by clamping, tieing, stitching, wrapping, folding and binding fabric before dyeing. In this one day workshop we will explore … Read More

Interview with Jenny Dean

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Interview with Jenny DeanJenny Dean is one of the country’s foremost natural dyers and has been researching and using natural dyes for about forty years. She has written widely on the subject and her books include “The Craft of Natural Dyeing”, “Wild Colour”, “Colours from Nature” & “A Heritage of Colour”. She was featured in a Radio 4 programme with Kaffe Fasset and her work has been the focus of many magazine articles. Jenny has been involved in natural dyeing … Read More