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In-Person Natural Dyeing Workshop

Claudia Gosse Natural Dyeing

Find out what happens in our in-person natural dyeing workshop. With monthly dates to choose from, come and join us for a fun filled day of learning and colour!

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Online Natural Dyeing Course

Claudia Gosse Natural Dyeing

Find out what you'll learn in 'An introduction to natural dyeing: A self-paced online course'. From dyeing with onion skins and acorns, to indigo and madder root, this easy-to-follow course will show you how.

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A Few Words about Oak Gall Ink... (Part Two)

Claudia Gosse Natural Dyeing

I had intended to strain the crushed oak galls a few days after putting the jar on the windowsill to steep but, as so often happens, the days slipped by and it was a full week before I separated the murky brown liquid from the galls (1).   I strained it first through a sieve (2) and then through a coffee filter paper (3) to be sure of removing all the woody sludge, and was left with a cloudy, dark brown liquid.   I then added two teaspoons of gum Arabic solution (4) to create a more viscous ink and to help it adhere to whatever paper it's applied to.    In order to darken the...

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A Few Words about Oak Gall Ink ....

Claudia Gosse All Blog Posts Natural Dyeing

"There are as many types of oak gall as there are oak gall wasp"

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The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Naturally Dyeing Linen Yarn

Ellie Fisher All Blog Posts Natural Dyeing

There is nothing more rewarding than to head out in search of seasonal, foraged dyestuffs and to watch them transform your fibres into an artist's palette of colours, from subtle to bold and always surprising. My successes this year included dandelion heads in the spring, summer comfrey leaves, autumn black walnut hulls, and wild cherry bark from a fallen tree this winter. But the time-honoured, reliable natural dyes, such as indigo, madder and weld, exploited by ancient and skilled dyeing communities around the world for millennia, are indispensable. Happily, I have much more to discover.

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