On Scottish Lichen Dyeing

I love dyeing with lichen because there’s plenty of the stuff available here in Scotland, you don’t need to mordant, you get colours other than lemony yellow, and it leaves a beautiful earthy smell on the dyed wool. So far I have dabbled a bit with the ‘boiling water method’, getting¬†lovely autumnal shades from a…

Wonderful Woad

Much as I enjoy dyeing with foraged weeds, since the result is nearly always a variant of yellow it is good to try an alternative colour from time to time. The blues from indigo and woad are exciting because of their vividness, and the magic of the slightly tricky process needed to achieve them. Having…

Weeds of Late Summer

Summer doesn’t last long in Scotland, and even by the end of July you start to sense the hints of autumn’s arrival.¬†It was this time of year that I first visited Scotland, and I was struck by the contract between here and the south east of England, where it very much high summer. I was…