Spring!

It was a sparkling – and busy – weekend.  On Saturday Nat, Charlotte and Kate ran a natural dye workshop at the Wilton Estate.  We were joined by residents and some students from the University of the Arts (Camberwell, St Martins and LCF) who all wanted to learn about using plants and everyday grocery items for dyeing.  We did two techniques: resist/immersion dyeing using two ‘baths’ – turmeric and a mixture of madder tops and onion skins and bundling using flowers, leaves and onion skins.

On Sunday, Jan opened the hive for the first time after the winter and found the bees doing pretty well – the queen is laying and the workers are collecting pollen.  There is honey in there!

We did two techniques - resist and bundle dyeing - on a sparkling spring day.
We did two techniques – resist and bundle dyeing – on a sparkling spring day.

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Bundle dyeing with flowers - at the Wilton Estate
Bundle dyeing with flowers – at the Wilton Estate
Resist dye method using turmeric.
Resist dye method using turmeric.
Red and white onion skins.
Red and white onion skins.
Jan opened the hive for the first time this year.
Jan opened the hive for the first time this year.

March 2014 March 2014

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