Logo consisting of silhouettes of dyeplants and the words natures rainbow

News About Courses and Seeds

Updated 31 July 2020

Seeds

Thank you to everyone who has bought seed from us in 2020. We are currently out of stock but will be collecting seed again shortly for the 2021 planting season. Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to know when it is available to buy.

Teaching

Coronavirus update: All face-to-face workshops are currently on hold. However the gardening continues and we are exploring alternative ways to share our expertise.

New! Bespoke Garden Design Package
A package of 1-1 support including phone/email and posted seeds and plants for anyone wanting advice and guidance on setting up or extending a dye garden.  Further details here

Thinking ahead to the future, here are details of the workshops that, in normal times we provide here in Hitchin:

How to plan and plant a dye garden. An introductory day where you can explore an established working dye garden on a compact allotment site. Each person gets some 1-1 design support and goes home with seeds, seedlings and young plants to put the ideas into practice as soon as possible.

Dye garden in June

Natures Rainbow Dye Garden in June

 

One day dye workshops where you start by picking the dye plants, then extract the dyes and use them to colour a useful quantity of material appropriate to your chosen craft. We aim to be flexible and accommodate people who are confident to mordant their own materials in advance, as well as cater for those new to plant dyeing.

Japanese Indigo leaves steeping

Japanese Indigo leaves steeping in water to extract the indigo

 

 

Two day workshops where you can go deeper into a subject. Some things need more than a single day for best results. We have developed a Two Day Mordanting workshop and a Dyecraft Retreat Weekend where you can explore a single dyeplant in depth.

Madder dye variation by mordant and modifier

Madder dyed yarns with various mordants and modifiers

 

 

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Our dye garden in Hitchin is only 5 minutes walk from a mainline station well served by trains between London, Peterborough and Cambridge. We are next door to a fabulous community garden project, The Triangle Community Garden, which has a well-equipped indoor space for small workshops – before the arrival of coronavirus. The project is in the process of developing an outdoor classroom and as soon as this is available to hire we will re-evaluate options for small group face-to-face Covid-safe tuition.

We are thoroughly enjoying sharing our skills and knowledge with people who, like us, are enchanted by deriving colour from their home grown dyeplants.  Please do get in touch if you would like to work with us.

All courses can be booked here

With all good wishes

Susan

+44 1462 422814