Our taster sessions have been fun. Along with herbal remedy workshops with Amanda Rew, we’ve enjoyed a plant dyeing workshop with Diane Sullock of Brockwell Greenhouses, and a swift introduction to permaculture with Kevin Mascarenhas of Natural Flow.
It’s been really enjoyable, and a great way to learn more about plants in the garden and how we can use them.
We still have a jam / chutney making workshop to come and more tbc.
Introducing the plants and their dyes.
Weld – green / woad -blue, & mix together to make lincoln green for merry men? Purple hollyhocks – deep blue /purple, onion skins -yellow, madder -deep pink, indigo – blue. We also had logwood (Haematoxylum campechianum – a tropical hardwood) that made a deep, deep purple
Madder (Rubia tinctorum)
Trial sticks ready to be cooked. Soaking in the mordant.
Weld (Reseda luteola)
Cotton bags dyed.
Was the permaculture session inspirational? But yes, it was a bit wet.
Managed to find a large umbrella so we could stand around the compost bins.
Luckily a good lunch was had by all.