Here are some of the textiles I have made using plant dyed fabrics.
Also some plant dyed raw materials to give an idea of the full palette that can be achieved.
Cut back machine applique sample with three layers of silk/wool gauze on a fine wool base. Mostly dyed with madder.
River Ran Red Susan Dye 2014 37”x48” Contemporary quilt wall-hanging to honour the dyers and weavers of Norwich before the advent of synthetic dyes. Colours and forms inspired by a jacquard woven shawl in Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell.
Red River Quilt sample
A selection of madder-dyed lightweight fabrics which I used for my red river quilt.
The plant dye palette on blue faced Leicester woollen yarn. The plants used were Madder (reds, pinks, orange), Weld (acid yellow), Dyer’s Chamomile (golden yellow), Japanese Indigo (Blues). The greens were obtained by overdyeing yellow yarn with blue.
A rainbow in silk with madder, weld, Japanese indigo, logwood (purple), cochineal (pink) and perisan berries (gold). These last three not home grown.
Wool takes madder very well if you know how to handle the madder dyepot correctly. This is Shetland fleece dyed with home grown madder.
Silk dyed with fresh dyeplants. The blue was from Japanese indigo. The green was created by over-dyeing yellow-dyed silk in the indigo vat.