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.
At Juniper & Bliss we love to make our bed and lie in it! In Early May we went down to the woods and made our bed on a carpet of hazy bluebells under the lime green leaves of early Spring! Our mission– to shoot Juniper & Bliss’ very first short film. Ambreen Hameed, a wonderful friend and creative. We mixed and matched the colours from our collection of naturally dyed, hand woven, organic cotton-satin bedding. The soft grey duvet cover dyed with vetiver rested gently on the Yasmeen white sheets, softened with aloe vera. The pillows in a mixture...