I have thoroughly enjoyed being in my garden this Summer creating colour!
My mission was to prepare a fleece to be dyed unspun as well as hand spun so as I could produce my own naturally dyed yarn.
I wanted to be outside and brew all the leaves and bark in large pots over an open fire pit. It feels more down to earth and so much more satisfying to be outdoors making a fire and taking the dye materials from the garden. My sister joined me which made it lots of fun and she is rather good at cooking our lunch on the mini BBQ too ( a link to her blog is on my previous post ).
Now to tell you about my home grown WOAD
Vat Dyeing Method
My woad was my own collected seed, planted, grown in the garden and harvested on the day.
My worry was that if I overheated the leaves they would lose their blue colour properties.
I will certainly continue with my colour making with natural dyes and definitely grow another woad crop next year.