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/
The Art and Science of Natural Dyes; Principles, Experiments, and Results
By Joy Boutrup, Catharine Ellis (2019)
ISBN10-13: 076435633X : 9780764356339
UK distributors – Gazelle Book Services 01524 528500
You can order by phone – New stock arrives UK on 22 April.
The Modern Natural Dyer
By Kristine Vejar (2015)
ISBN: 9781617691751£18.99 from Waterstones
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
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.
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
Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge Sampled Lives till 7 October 2018