A much needed visit to our allotment this week blew away some cobwebs and allowed some time for dead-heading and clearing, making space for new growth. Cutting back the dye plants left me with an armful of dried out dyer's chamomile and the impetus for some dyeing.
This time of year with cold short days tends to mean indoor stitch and cloth based activity, both at home and work. Using the plants when in flower and full of colour seems right during the Spring and Summer, less so in January. Still, I did feel the need to add dye to cloth so into the pot it all went.
Out of season plants create quiet colours. They sit well with the low light and slow growth of mid-winter but can still remind me of their vibrant potential when in full bloom.