pomegranate – sumac leaves – white mulberry bark – oak galls – Usnea lichen – mulberry leaves – common cocklebur – Queen Anne’s Lace
Today I’ve received this most amazing gift !
A dyer’s dream…
Wonderful dried dye plants from the South of France
Amaranthus Hopi Red Dye
With some hopi hope for REDS, or at least some pinks
Rheum palmatum – Turkish rhubarb
The leafs can be used as a good vegetable mordant for protein fibers
(with some dill growing in the middle)
The first Coreopsis are finally blooming, time to prepare the orange dye vat
Another wonderful orange dye plant
Cosmos sulphureus known as Sulfur Cosmos or Yellow Cosmos
Cota tinctoria – golden marguerite, yellow chamomile
Anthemis tinctoria – yellow dye
The fermentation dye vat is almost ready…
Wild bergamot or Bee balm – Monarda fistulosa – is not a typical dyeplant but the pinkish red petals should produce a beautiful pink colour on silk, I will test it soon.
Good medicinal herb and nectar plant for bees. Long recognized as a powerful woman’s herb by Native peoples and old time doctors, Monarda was considered an excellent reproductive tonic in the 19th century and was given as a traditional gift to young brides to regulate and improve their cycles.
Planted yesterday, two Saffron bulbs – Crocus sativus
I guess it will take several years before I will be able to dye my saffron robe
Did you know that the famous Venetian blond of Italian renaissance women was obtained by coating their hair with a mixture of saffron and lemon, then staying out in the sun.
Throughout its history saffron has been used as in dyes, in perfumes, in medicines, in body washes, as a narcotic, in aphrodisiacs, as an antidepressant, in potpourris, in make up, and of course as a spice, both coloring and flavoring all manner of foods and spirits.