Natural Dyeing

We have just finished fencing part of the clearing in the woods and today we moved our Shetland sheep in. They were so happy to be on fresh pasture again and the lambs loved it. The clearing was full of wild flowers including our first Orchids and although there are lots of them all over … read more…

Natural Dyeing weekend

Today was day one of our June Natural Dyeing course. We seemed to have every sort of weather, but we kept the fires going and foraged for dye plants including, Bracken, Broom flowers and tree lichen. We managed to chop, sort, mix and make 4 lovely dyes, but will end up with about eight different … read more…

Natural Dyeing in the Highlands

We had a fantastic weekend of natural dyeing, creating nearly 30 different shades, a complete rainbow of beautiful hues. Over the weekend we dyed with; Gorse flowers, elderberries, tree lichen (small amounts from fallen branches), madder, cochineal, indigo, turmeric and and onion skins. We had eight dye pots on the go at different times, two … read more…

Gorse in the Highlands

The Gorse is coming out everywhere up here now, looking really beautiful, the yellow is so vibrant. I have just returned from a week in Wiltshire where the fields are covered with oil seed rape a different kind of yellow compared to up here, but both looking and smelling good. I love the smell of … read more…