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MADDER AND WOAD
In June I cooked up some more madder roots (truly my favourite colour) for more brown for the map, and I dipped one of those artificial silk roses into the vat - and look!
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rose dyed with madder
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Just right for the hat my daughter's wearing for a friend's wedding this weekend.
And below is the results of mixing madder and onion skins for the map, but the interesting thing about this photograph is that I didn't take it.
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madder and onion skins
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My four year old grandson picked up my camera and took the photo himself. Bless.
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colours from woad
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IAnd these are the rather bizarre results we got from the woad leaves that we harvested last week from the Green Centre dye garden. We had loved the subtle results of the chopped woad leaves in vinegar solution so much that we thought we should try the same method but with sea water.
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Katy gathering woad
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so no guarantee that they have ANY colour left.
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fresh woad leaves
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IWe mashed them up as we had with the tap water and vinegar method, but used seawater this time..
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pale woad and vinegar
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And this is the result on Dianne's silk scarf. Not nearly as beautiful a turquoise green as it had been with the tap water and vinegar but a colour nonetheless.

 
 
 
 
 

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I know it's too late in the season to do anything with the indigo leaves now, but look at this: flowers!
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indigo flower
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Sorry it's so out of focus, but could we perhaps get some seeds?

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