Thursday, July 17, 2014

mellow yellow

This morning I decided it was a good day to harverst yellow dyes
en so I did...

the one on the left is feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) which I'm going to test now to see if it's a good dyeplant using the fermentation method

the other two are: dyer's chamomile (Anthemis tinctoria) and dyer's broom (Genista tinctoria)

My dye garden with bright yellow flowers: dyer's broom and dyer's chamomile

starting a fermentation vat with the Dyer's broom flowers and stems 


It's really important for me as a natural dyer to only use plants which grow abundantly in my own garden.
It's the case with these three plants but there are a lot of other plants you can use, as yellow is the most common natural dye

Some other yellow dyes can be made with:
weld (one of the best), goldenrod,  marigold, evening primrose, mullein, dandelion, yarrow, birch leaves... and many more


to read:

“Dyer's broom has been used for dyeing since Roman times and makes a good yellow similar to that of weld, bright and fast.
Harvest the flowering tops and either use them right away or dry them and save them until you want to dye something; they'll retain their strength for about a year. Kendal green, a greyish green named for the town of Kendal in Westmoreland where it was first created, was made from woad and dyer's broom;
The flowers are also a traditional Easter egg dye in the Carpathian Mountains, so give the flowers a try for egg dyeing for Ostara”

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