SUSTAINABLE LOCALLY GATHERED WILD PLANTS / OUR OWN GARDEN GROWN PLANTS
Many of these dye various shades of yellow with an alum mordant and shades of green/gray/purplish gray with an iron mordant. However, there are some notable exceptions which dye orange, russet and brown.
Apple wood and leaves – soft golden yellow with alum
Bidens – orange with alum
Birch shavings – russet
Buckthorn wood and leaves – gold with alum, orange if used strong
Dyer’s Chamomile – warm cadmium yellow with alum, fresh olive green with both
Dyer’s coreopsis – orange with alum
Gipsywort – mustard yellow with alum, dark green / black with iron, green / black with both.
Meadowsweet – bright chrome yellow with alum, gray with iron
Onion skins – golden yellow with alum, used very strong yellowish brown
Purple Loosestrife – mauve/ dark gray with iron, close to black with both.
Tansy – good mustard yellow with alum, dark forest green with iron and with both.
Yarrow – yellow with alum
Walnut leaves – warm pinkish brown
Walnut hulls – warm brown
Wild Carrot – very strong good yellow with alum, greenish grey with iron, warm forest green with both
We do plan to publish guides to using the mordants and dyestuffs – in the meantime please email us if you have any questions and we will do our best to answer them. Photos of your dye baths / vats / dyed skeins may help us problem solve.