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Talk to Lea Valley Guild of Spinners Weavers and Dyers

12 April 2019
I had the pleasure of talking to this friendly guild last night about how to mordant safely for plant dyeing. The group meets in the beautiful village of Roydon in Essex, just across the border from my home county of Herts.  https://leavalleyguildswd.weebly.com/

Here are recommended links referred to in my talk.

Catharine Ellis blog – https://blog.ellistextiles.com/

Recommended books
The Art and Science of Natural Dyes; Principles, Experiments, and Results
By Joy Boutrup, Catharine Ellis (2019)
ISBN10-13: 076435633X : 9780764356339
176pp £57.99
UK distributors – Gazelle Book Services  01524 528500
You can order by phone – New stock arrives UK on 22 April.
https://www.gazellebookservices.co.uk/

The Modern Natural Dyer
By Kristine Vejar (2015)
ISBN: 9781617691751£18.99 from Waterstones
https://www.averbforkeepingwarm.com/products/the-modern-natural-dyer

Sustainable plant sources of aluminium and tannin mordants
Bebali Foundation  http://plantmordant.org/symplocos/

And finally … for safety gloves perfect for indigo dyeing

Gloves –  glovesnstuff.com

 

 

 

From Seed to Stitch

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I am passionate about working with cloth and yarn dyed from plants you have grown yourself.
I gave a talk yesterday to the Chelmsford Embroiderers’ Guild.
I had a lovely evening. Thanks to Angela and June for inviting me and for your hospitality.
As follow up, here are some pointers for supplies and books I promised to share online.

References

Mordants and Natural Dyes
Earth Hues for extracts
George Weil  for plant dyes and mordants; especially aluminium acetate mordant for silk and vegetable fibres
P&M Woolcraft  very friendly and good prices
Wild Colours sells woad powder, dyes and provides lots of information
Fiery Felts  I forgot to mention this supplier in the talk but Helen is very good for dyes especially dried flowers hard to obtain elsewhere. Her booklet on indigo is also excellent.

Dyed threads as well as dyes and mordants
Renaissance Dyeing – based in France
Mulberry Dyer run by Debbie Bamford, a pre-eminent historical dyer who sells at re-enactor markets and also via etsy shop.

Books and blog

Jenny Dean  Doyenne of Natural dyeing in UK. Her landmark book is Wild Colour (2010) but all her books are excellent.

Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times (1996) by Elizabeth W Barber

The Story of Colour in Textiles (2013) by Susan Kay-Williams

Exhibition
Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge Sampled Lives till 7 October 2018