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Natural Dyeing with Somerset Guild

Debbie Tomkies tal

DT Craft and Design - Natural dye extract - Saxon blue (Hue & Dye)Just back from a lovely weekend with the members of Somerset Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers. Saturday was a talk and sales tables and on Sunday we had a fun time exploring natural dyes.

Starting with primary colours we created red with madder, yellow with weld and blue with Saxon blue. If you’ve never used Saxon blue before it’s a natural blue dye made with natural indigo but formulated into a dye liquor that will dye protein fibres beautiful shades of turquoise/teal blue. As it’s mordanted with alum there’s no need for an indigo vat which makes it great for easy greens, purples and violets. You can buy Saxon blue and see the lovely shades it produces here.

Our next batch of samples was orange from weld with madder; green using weld and Saxon blue; indigo using Saxon blue and logwood and violet using Saxon blue and cochineal.
With our rainbow of samples prepared, it was over to the group to put their imaginations to work! We had fabric, fibres, all manner of threads, silk, wool, cotton and linens – all in all an exciting array of dyed pieces. So exciting that I didn’t get many pics!
 
Thank you to the Guild for inviting us and being such lovely hosts 🙂

It's Holiday Time!

Last posting dates:

We’ll be posting those stocking fillers and last-minute gifts (we’ve all been there!) for orders placed before 5.30pm on Monday 21st. However, although that is before the Royal Mail last posting date, we know they are even busier than normal so it may be that orders may not arrive in time for the ‘big day’. We are aiming to post orders placed on 22nd to 23rd on the 24th where in stock.

Christmas holiday

As it’s Christmas we are then taking a bit of a break and the shop will be closed until 4th Jan 2021.You may still place orders (simply close this window with the ‘X’ or escape to return to the shop) but we will not start dispatching orders until 4th January.

Thank you!

We would like to say an extra-huge thank you to everyone for their support and custom this year. Your support for small businesses like ours has been a lifeline.

Last but definitely not least, we wish you all a peaceful and restful festive break and who knows, we might even get to say thank you in person in 2021!

Love, Debbie & Pete x

It's Holiday Time!

Last posting dates:

We’ll be posting those stocking fillers and last-minute gifts (we’ve all been there!) for orders placed before 5.30pm on Monday 21st. However, although that is before the Royal Mail last posting date, we know they are even busier than normal so it may be that orders may not arrive in time for the ‘big day’. We are aiming to post orders placed on 22nd to 23rd on the 24th where in stock.

Christmas holiday

As it’s Christmas we are then taking a bit of a break and the shop will be closed until 4th Jan 2021.You may still place orders (simply close this window with the ‘X’ or escape to return to the shop) but we will not start dispatching orders until 4th January.

Thank you!

We would like to say an extra-huge thank you to everyone for their support and custom this year. Your support for small businesses like ours has been a lifeline.

Last but definitely not least, we wish you all a peaceful and restful festive break and who knows, we might even get to say thank you in person in 2021!

Love, Debbie & Pete x