Dyeing with Purple Gromwell

Purple gromwell (aka red stoneroot and red gromwell) is related to Borage and forget-me-not and has been used both medicinally and for dyeing for literally thousands of years, especially if you consult East Asian texts. In different cultural traditions, it was variously believed to have, when ingested, properties ranging from anti-viral to contraceptive properties toContinue reading “Dyeing with Purple Gromwell”

My first experiments in natural dyeing

I have some experience with dyeing clothing from when I worked in a theatrical costume shop for a few years. These costumes were dyed in an old washing machine drum that we used exclusively for fabric dyeing, and the dyes we used were packaged Rit, Dylon, or other purchased powders and liquids in bright vibrant,Continue reading “My first experiments in natural dyeing”

What usually goes to a workshop?

This is just a brief introduction to the dyestuffs that generally tend to come along with me to workshops, so if anyone sees something in here they are *DYING* to try, do let me know? This is a photo of a sample of things in my as yet unpainted dyestuff box. I have a coupleContinue reading “What usually goes to a workshop?”

Period dyeing, a general intro

Natural dyes have lots of issues modern dyes don’t, but they are much more fun in my opinion. You just have to approach the whole thing the way a person in period might have – what am I dyeing, how much colour do I care about, does it need to be consistent, do I needContinue reading “Period dyeing, a general intro”