Friday, February 04, 2011


It's blowing a gale outside this morning, but the weather is mild and I spotted some green shoots when out and about. I've been planning planting schemes for dye plants at work this week too.

Looking through my silk samples from last summer I stitched some little patches. These are dyed with nettle leaves and rhubarb leaves. We were experimenting with the rhubarb as a natural mordant. I liked the colour it produced too. The darker green is onion skins overdyed with indigo.

 I'm really looking forward to spring now.


  1. Roll on Spring! I've never thought about buying plants for use in dyeing, what a great idea - thanks.

  2. How green can you get nettles? Need to talk to you about greens!

  3. The nettles are the the darker green, the rhubarb the creamier colour. Think they
    were in the dye bath for about an hour. x

  4. Anonymous8:43 AM

    These are really lovely, Claire; such subtle colours.

  5. Anonymous11:35 PM

    beautiful subtle colours you're getting Claire... think i might go raid my friends nettles and see what i can manage! might be an interesting comparison???


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