Plant dyeing is a very ancient skill it was known in China three thousand years before the birth of Christ. The rich glowing colours of the robes worn by the ancient Egyptians came from the plants they grew especially for the purpose. India used spices to create their natural dyes demonstrated by

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How many of you have heard of the Elder flower in cough and cold remedies? Have you ever wondered what it really was or where it came from?

The mountain community have many gardens where this tree is grown; it grows very well next to a compost heap and helps the compost to break down. It has very

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The most common terms used are: *. Teas made by steeping flowers, berries, leaves, stems and other usually soft, plant material in boiling water; *. Infusions are similar to teas but the herbs are steeped longer, in hot or cold oil or hot water, so that they are stronger than teas. *.... read on

Red

Lady’s bedstraw roots, oregano, tea leaves

Pink

Sorrel roots

Yellow

Agrimony, Chamomile, Comfrey, Golden rod, Horsetail, juniper, marigold, onion skins, St Johns Wort, yarrow

Orange

Lilly-of-the-valley leaves, onion skins, tansy roots

Blue

Elecampane roots, Cornflowers.

Green

Coltsfoot leaves,

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A Mordant is a water soluble metal salt that will help to set the colour of a natural dye it also helps to prevent fading.

The choices of metal salts are:

Alum – Aluminium Potassium

Cream of Tartar is often used in conjunction with alum or iron. Alum is the least toxic and gives a strong bright

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