This is a quick blog to tell you more about dyeing with weld – one of our most ancient and powerful of dye plants. Until the 1930’s it was still commercially grown in this country and I hope one day we will return to it as it is so very generous in colour and so useful as a base for making lots of other colour – most especially green when it is combined with woad.
It’s just coming into season now and is very easy to grow – liking poor soils but you can also find it growing wild along rivers and hedgerows. You can also order it dried from places like George Weil
1)To begin – chop up the weld. It’s the stems and leaves that give most colour.
2) Make a bundle and add to an old pan
3) Cover with hot water and gradually bring to the boil – you will smell and see the wonderful yellow seeping through, it’s magic! Keep the dye bath on a simmer as the colour is released from the plant material.
4) Prepare the cloth you want to dye by wetting it thorougly. Then add it to the dye bath.
5) Keep the bath at a simmer and move the cloth around so that it takes the colour evenly.
6) Carry on until you are happy with the colour – remember it will dry a shade lighter.
Do get in touch with any questions. Hope this goes really well for you and you have fun, Sarah x