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... read on
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... read on
Lady’s bedstraw roots, oregano, tea leaves
Agrimony, Chamomile, Comfrey, Golden rod, Horsetail, juniper, marigold, onion skins, St Johns Wort, yarrow
Lilly-of-the-valley leaves, onion skins, tansy roots
Elecampane roots, Cornflowers.
Coltsfoot leaves,... read on
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... read on