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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 🙂

Holiday Time!

We are taking a short break to recharge our batteries so the shop will be closed for posting between midday 15th June and Monday 27th June. You are still very welcome to place orders and all in stock items placed by midday on 15th should be despatched before we go (we’ll let you know if anything is likely to be delayed). We’ll start posting again from 27th June.

See you when we get back and thanks for your patience!

Debbie & Pete

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Holiday Time!

We are taking a short break to recharge our batteries so the shop will be closed for posting between midday Weds 15th June and Monday 20 June. You are still very welcome to place orders and all in stock items placed by midday on 15th should be despatched before we go (we’ll let you know if anything is likely to be delayed). We’ll start posting again from 20th June.

See you when we get back and thanks for your patience!

Debbie & Pete

xx