My interest in nettles is, of course, as a dye plant and I was interested to learn that during World War II children were encouraged to collect nettles for the production of a dark green dye for camouflage material.
You can forage for nettles throughout the summer, but it’s preferable to gather them in the spring when they are still fresh and bright green. These nettles were gathered in early June when some were beginning to flower.
Are you keen on learning how to hand weave your own fabric? From humble tea towels and table runners to scarves and dress making fabrics, this relaxed and friendly two-day workshop will teach you everything you need to know to get set up and weaving at home.
Run by me, Ellie Fisher (BA., MA Central St Martins College of Art and Design). I have been weaving for over 20 years and love passing on my love of this craft for others to enjoy.
Our in-person table weaving workshops take place over two days to ensure there is time to cover everything from setting up the loom to experimenting with weaving.
It would be hard not to notice that the dandelion season is here! Although they flower throughout the summer, spring is when they burst forth in profusion. The dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) is a perennial plant that grows widely across temperate zones. As anyone trying to keep them out of their garden will know, they are hard to thwart, each of their fluffy white ‘dandelion clock’ heads containing over a hundred seeds that drift away on a breeze. The name ‘dandelion’ comes from the French ‘dent de lion’, lion’s teeth, and the plant has a fossil record going back to the...
Learn how to naturally dye beautiful easter eggs using common kitchen staples. Use beetroot, turmeric, coffee, onion skins and cabbage to create natural easter decorations.
A lovely project to try with children, combining a walk to gather leaves and flowers for resist dyeing with some creativity.
Please always forage responsibly taking only what you need, leaving the rest be.