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 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.
The door to the world of Betty de Paris opens with the quickening of the heart as the visitor feels for a gap in the intense blues that hide the treasures inside! Once inside the flagstone interior of the one time carpentry and joinery atelier, we are overwhelmed. The eye adjusts to a soft and new kind of light filtering through multiple mottled glass windows. But almost immediately we are stunned by the riot of blues, from the palest aqua to the deepest lazuli off set by whites and corals! We know we are in a very exciting and special...
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
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...