Autumn foraging in a forest of roses. Sarah Cuttle Photography It was a few years ago that I discovered the fragile beauty of blush pink dyes that come from rose hips. Though dyeing with roses is a particularly slow process, taking days to extract the dye, there is nothing else that is as pleasurable in the making because the studio fills with the sweet sugary fragrance, triggering memories and expectations in the way scents are known to do. Foraged rose hips The first job as with all foraged dye stuff is to lay everything out in the open for a...
Foraging for Plant Dyes in Winter and Living Sustainably Throughout the Year: A Look at the Alder Tree
Despite the apparent bleakness, winter is a treasure-trove of natural dyes which we forage and store in the Juniper & Bliss studio for use throughout the year. We make naturally dyed sustainable pieces for eco friendly homes and slow living spaces. Today I want to explore the wonderful properties of the alder tree (Alnus glutinosa). The flowers that turn into small woody cone-like fruits, the double serrated leaves and the dark, fissured bark often mottled with lichen are staples in our larder.
Alder trees against a clear winter sky
As More of us are signing up to the benefits of slow living we are confronted with a myriad of issues and complexities when coming to make simple decisions.