Pinks from Second Year Woad

Hello fellow plant dye enthusiasts! I’m here today to tell you about a use for your 2nd year woad leaves (other than waiting for seeds, chicken feed, or compost additive)! As we know, woad (Isatis tinctoria) is a rather plain looking plant from Europe that has a long history as a source for blue dye.Continue reading “Pinks from Second Year Woad”

Growing Hopi Red Dye Amaranth

Hopi Red Dye Amaranth – buy seeds here!   A gorgeous annual 4 to 6 feet tall with long, draping flower heads, this amaranth is a stunner in the garden and has so many uses! Find organically grown seeds here! How to grow: Site Selection: Annual, support of mature plants may be necessary. Plant inContinue reading “Growing Hopi Red Dye Amaranth”

Growing Madder

Madder (Rubia tinctorum) – buy seeds here! Native to the Mediterranean and a member of the coffee family, madder is a hardy perennial grown for its red dye. The roots of this plant have been used for centuries to make a bright, lightfast dye on both protein and cellulose fibers. Second and third year rootsContinue reading “Growing Madder”