It’s all change up here at the mill as the season begins to wind down and the light is starting to go. But with these changes comes some excitement! The wool sort, our solar dyeing experiment coming to fruition and the harvesting and drying dye-stuff from our dye garden. And some lovely new products inspired by the changes around us!
As well as being able to use the fresh dye stuff from our garden during the summer, we are now harvesting and drying woad, weld, madder, golden rod, onion, dahlia, rhubarb, calendula, hollyhocks, ladies bedstraw and dyer`s broom for use in the winter when we will need a bit of colour around….
Our resident weaver and dyeing mastermind Monica has even managed to make some woad extract. We are excited to see the garden develop next year and are planning what to plant already!
|Adventures in Solar Dyeing
After 3 months in their jars, and as the sun starts to get lower in the sky, we rinsed our yarn and had a look at the results. We got some lovely tones using red and yellow onion skins, crottle, dahlia, foxglove, heather flowers, gorse, daffodil, nettle, rhubarb roots, NZ flax and bog myrtle. Expect to see these colours featuring in some new products