Plant Dyed Scarf – Autumn Collection
Green – 3kg of heather flowers were harvested in late October, especially to give a more golden yellow, which, when dipped in the woad vat produced this lovely bright green.
Old Gold – Autumn is the season for splitting old rhubarb root, so we use half to re-plant and harvest some to dye. This plant was over 5 years old, giving us lots of root to process. The roots are scrubbed clean by hand, then chopped into small pieces, heated and soaked for 24 hours before dyeing the yarn.
Blue – we grow plenty of woad and it is a huge favourite! The leaves are harvested for dyeing fresh in late summer and early Autumn and a few plants are left to re-seed for the following year.
Mustard – Whilst we grow a lot of onions ourselves, several friends save their onion skins too! The red onion skins give a mustardy shade of yellow. Only 10 of these are available.
Salmon – The slow-growing madder roots need at least four years of growth before harvesting and will give a range of shades from this salmon pink, through deep reds and into vibrant oranges.
Please note that, while each of our dyestuffs are locally grown or gathered, we are unable (yet) to produce enough madder or woad for all our needs, so some powder is bought in to top-up our own supplies.