The cloth I am using is blanket weight wool sourced from rug hooking supply houses.
I trust others who have made records, but this year I am not afraid to experiment.
I have to dye in the summer.
That's when the plants are here.
Above, dried St. John's wort without flowers.
Below, blackberry vine gathered in 2012 and kept dried in a paper bag until this summer.
Beautiful cool greys come from blackberry when iron mordant is added to the bath.
Usually the aroma of these plants while they simmer is very sensuous.
Blackberry vine smells like jam, dried horsetail smells like mown hay.
queen anne's lace
st. john's wort
onion saddened with iron
willow saddened with iron
golden rod saddened with iron
(the list does not relate to the photo)
I only take 10-20% in any given area and leave 80-90% behind.
I count on advice from Rebecca Burgess, Jenny Dean, Judy McGrath, Sasha Duerr and India Flint.
Tip for today: allow the plant matter to steep.
In the above photo:
top shelf - indigo (most left from April's wedding cloths)
middle shelf - variety of silk and wool fabrics dyed with local plants over the past two years.
bottom shelf - the blanket weight wool that I have been dyeing this summer.
I think my colours are getting richer, don't you?
second tip: learn to love brown and grey.