Some unexpected dye material…

Dryed dye materials from the South of France

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


Plants to dye for (1)

Some of the dye plants I use, all from my gardenAmaranthus Hopi Red Dye - shades of lynx

Amaranthus Hopi Red Dye

With some hopi hope for REDS, or at least some pinks

Rheum palmatum - shades of lynx

Rheum palmatum – Turkish rhubarb
The leafs can be used as a good vegetable mordant for protein fibers
yellow dye

Coreopsis tinctoria - shades of lynx

Coreopsis tinctoria
(with some dill growing in the middle)

The first Coreopsis are finally blooming, time to prepare the orange dye vat

Cosmos sulphureus - shades of lynx

Another wonderful orange dye plant
Cosmos sulphureus known as Sulfur Cosmos or Yellow Cosmos

Anthemis tinctoria - shades of lynx

Cota tinctoria – golden marguerite, yellow chamomile
Anthemis tinctoria – yellow dye
The fermentation dye vat is almost ready…

Monarda fistulosa - bergamot - shades of lynx

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.

Saffron - Crocus sativus - shades of lynx

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.