Woad Dyeing – Adventures in Natural Dyeing

Since starting on this natural dyeing adventure several years ago now, Woad dyeing was always a major goal. There is so much history and tradition (especially in Britain) tied up with woad as a dyestuff. Economically it was an important crop for centuries, protected by restrictions on imported indigo in Elizabethan times. It contains the…

The Flax into Linen Project – Part Two

Turning flax fibre into linen cloth was this summer’s project. The last post dealt with the spinning – now comes the weaving. Unlike wool, linen has no elasticity or stretch. This makes it unforgiving when it comes to warping on the loom (even without somewhat haphazard and impatient warping methods). Creating and maintaining a firm…