Keep the experimentation going!

Harvested plant matter and dried to be stored

Harvested plant matter and dried to be stored

 

We have been busy at Dyescape trying out all the 9 different dye plants that we planted this past summer. Taking care of all the needs of these plant beds has not been an easy task, but it sure has been one of the most rewarding experiences of all. We invested many hours of work and it has payed off! These plants have given us a lovely rainbow of colors to initiate our own Dyescape color palette! Together with researching and experimenting different natural dye recipes, this summer has been a huge milestone in developing our first color samples for upcoming products.

Color samples in different fabric swatches, from top to bottom: Dyers Coreopsis, Yarrow, Indigo

Color samples in different fabric swatches, from top to bottom: Dyers Coreopsis, Yarrow, Indigo

This summer we planted: Indigo, Golden Rod, Marigolds, Black Eyed Susans, Weld, Yarrow, Safflower and Dyers Coreopsis. We are still waiting 2 more years to use our Madder bed which takes around 4 years to harvest! With this array of plants we will be getting a variety of yellows, oranges, reds, greens, blues and purples. 

The slow process of natural dyeing is so rewarding in so many aspects! The fact that we get to "borrow" color from plants as we take good care of them is fascinating! Not any sample is the same, keeping it interesting and unique we hope that our future products will reflect the same about each of the women who make them.