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The Tiny Flower that Packs a Massive Punch: Natural Dye with Cow Parsley

Cow Parsley Eco Friendly Living Foraging Hand Made Natural Dye Small Batch Production Sustainable Living Wild Flowers

The Tiny Flower that Packs a Massive Punch: Natural Dye with Cow Parsley

 

With high drama and absolute decadence, the cow parsley ushers in the Summer Solstice, when the earth is at its closet point to the sun and every living thing on the face of the earth is soaked in light. It reminds us to rejoice and celebrate light. For natural dyers, the long days are for work, planning and preparing for the year ahead because once the heady show is over, so is our source of colour.

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Natural Dyes, Perfumed Gardens & Sufi Saints - All in the Name of the Rose

Conservation Foraging Natural Dye Omar Khayyam Small Batch Production

Natural Dyes, Perfumed Gardens & Sufi Saints - All in the Name of the Rose

                  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...

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Foraging for Dye Plants in Winter and Living Sustainably Throughout the Year: A Look at the Alder Tree

Alder Cones Conservation Eco Friendly Living Foraging Natural Dye

Foraging for Dye Plants 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 with cones which we use in the Juniper & Studio to make naturally dyed, eco friendly pieces for the home.

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. 

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The Organic Baby Nursery: Hand Made with Natural Colours from Locally Foraged Dye Plants

Avocado Dye Baby Blanket Baby Shower Daffodils Dahlias Eco-friendly Ethically Made Foraging Hand Knitted Hand Made Natural Dye New Born Baby Gift Organic Small Batch Production Sustainable Living Woollen Blanket

The Organic Baby Nursery: Hand Made with Natural Colours from Locally Foraged Dye Plants

The pastoral provenance of wool from the sheep in the dales, spring water from the  marshes on the flight path of migratory birds, flowers from elegant herbaceous borders, coupled with a community of local knitters were all the ingredients we needed to launch our sustainable baby range. It is pure and simple.

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