Friday, March 07, 2014

bleu de Nimes...

Some pictures I've made a few years ago when I first dyed with woad (Isatis tinctoria)

just for inspiration


bleu de Nimes - denim - pays de Cocagne 
woad - wede - waid - waide - guède - pastel
Isatis - blues - indigo

different yarns dyed with woad

close up

fine silk dyed with woad

the blues

extracting woad pigment

 fermenting woad

"boules de cocagne"
(Dried balls obtained from crushed woad leaves)

the making of a "boule de cocagne"
notice the "pictish blue" on my hand   :)


to read:


flowering woad plants with sheep - Drôme, France

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  1. Your photos are so beautiful! I had never heard of woad. Blue is my favorite color so this is quite interesting to me.

  2. I can see that woad makes great colors. Nice shades on the different yarns.

  3. Bonjour,
    Je vis au milieu des champs de fleurs de cocagne. Ce jaune qui donne ce bleu si luminueux etait la richesse de notre region .
    Merci pour ces belles photos . Vos teintures laines sont superbes. Bravo
    Un chale tri ote qu point dentelle serait parfait avec vos laines .
    Bonne fin de semaine