Last week I went for my final visit to the Rhosygilwen walled garden where John has very kindly been tending a dye patch for me. I gathered the roots and tops of the Lady’s Bedstraw as well as apple leaves, a few almost-over dahlia tops, some black eyed susie flowers and a few fennel fronds to test with eco-printing. Continue reading End of summer’s yield
Reaping the dye harvest
The dye garden at Rhosygilwen has been carefully tended by John and is in full bloom. It seems sad in some ways to cut these beautiful flowers in their full glory, but that’s why they were planted and so that’s what will be done. Because Rhosygilwen is quite a way away from where we live, we have to make the most of our trips there. Continue reading Dye Plants
How happy I was to discover that Susan Martin, a hand spinner and plant dyer who lives in Cilgerran, was to run a day’s course in plant dyeing at Coppicewood College, just a couple of miles away from Rhosygilwen (and even less as the crow flies). What an opportunity to learn from an experienced dyer.
The little coat is made and the first dye pot of Spring has been concocted. A lovely way to spend Easter weekend.