Monthly Archives: May 2015

bounty from the garden

Thanks to the lovely spring weather, the flowers are blooming in our garden. I am happy that the glorious season of sunshine is upon us. We’ve been in drought conditions for the past few years, so despite all the sunshine, I hope … Continue reading

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indigo extraction from woad

Following last week’s post about eco printing with woad, I am back to tell you about my experiment extracting woad dye from second year growth leaves. The dye chemical extracted from woad is an indicant; a precursor to indigo. I … Continue reading

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eco-printing with woad plant

What is a woad you ask. The scientific name is Isatis tinctoria, or dyer’s woad. It is a biennial plant with low-growing clusters of leaves and yellow, fragrant flowers. Bees are attracted to the flowers. Woad has been cultivated throughout … Continue reading

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natural dyeing, honeysuckle

Japanese honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica is an evergreen, and a fast growing climbing vine with fragrant trumpet-like flowers. Humming birds and butterflies are attracted to its sweetly scented creamy yellow and purple-tinged flowers. The dried flowers ( jīn yín huā, literally “gold … Continue reading

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