Plant a Natural Dye Garden

Join in learning to grow your own dye garden and safe wildcrafting natural dye plants with Caitlin ffrench.

Caitlin ffrench · August 7, 2021

Join in learning about growing your own dye garden, as well as about the safe wildcrafting of natural dye plants with Caitlin ffrench. The range of colours that can be produced with natural dyes has a cohesiveness and harmony that roots us to our environment.

In this course, Caitlin guides you through the basics, including:

  • planning ahead for a year of colour.
  • deciding what to grow in your garden or wildcraft from within your land base.
  • examples of local colour wheels on different fibre bases: grey wool, cotton, superwash wool, plus a wool + silk blend.
  • best wildcrafting practices and how to be the best ally to your land base.

Once you’ve begun your natural dye garden journey, please do show us your results as well – we’ll be gathering over in the SOS Community Forums, and would love to see what you make. Be sure to also tag your Instagram posts with: #sosnaturaldyeing!

Dyeing with fresh indigo leaves is such a fun and easy way of getting started with natural dyeing. Indigo has been used for thousands of years by cultures around the world, and we're happy to share the beauty of creating colour with these leaves at our new Fresh Indigo Leaf Dyeing course taught by Caitlin ffrench @ffrench! Learn the magic of creating beautiful hues using both the salt rub method and ice dyeing method.⁠

Learn more at the course page – direct link in bio » ⁠

We absolutely can't wait to see what you create as you work your way through this course. Please share with us your progress and any questions in the SOS community forums. Enjoy exploring all the fabulous indigo hues!⁠



#sosnaturaldyeing #sosdyeing #schoolofsweetgeorgia #caitlinffrench #indigo #freshindigo #saltrub #icedyeing #freshindigoworkshop

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Is your mini-skein stash growing? Taking place this September, join in the the fun chat thread in the SOS community forums about our casual make-along, the Great Mini Skein Stash Down, where we'll knit, weave, crochet, punch needle, tapestry etc. with mini-skeins accumulated from the SOS dyeing study groups and courses. ⁠

Whatever you want to make is fine! This is an unofficial make-along so no hashtags, deadlines, prizes nor rules. Simply an encouraging space to use some of the supplies you have unused (or left over); everyone loves a good mini-skein/scrap busting project! If you know of a good pattern you have done in the past, please share it in the forum thread too. SweetGeorgia has added three patterns available to SOS Members: weaving pattern Trimmed in Twill by Felicia @felicialowong, knitting pattern Winter Dawn by Tabetha @tabismiles, and Felicia's crochet Granny Square tutorial. We hope you'll join in and make with us!⁠

Pictured here: From the Natural Dyeing Basics course, instructor Caitlin ffrench's @ffrench naturally dyed mini-skeins!⁠



#sosdyeing #sosnaturaldyeing #soscommunity #miniskein #stashbusting #makealong

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I'm currently spinning through the Rya fleeces that I dyed last year. I'm spinning it all up as singles for use in weaving for upholstery or in weft bundles for tapestry weaving.

It has been lovely revisiting the colours I dyed in 2021. I wonder what colours will come out of the dyepot in 2022?

Pictured skein is 240 meters of Nm 6.4/1 yarn with a diameter of 20wpcm (51wpi), spun from Rya wool that was dyed in the fleece using pomegranate grounds with an alum mordant and an iron modifier.

#svenskull #wool #ull #spinning #spinnersofinstagram #naturaldyeing #green #ryaull #yarn #schoolofsweetgeorgia #sosnaturaldyeing #sosspinning #sosnaturaldyeingstudygroup

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April showers bring May flowers! May is here and we sure know exactly what to do with all the fabulous natural colour we're awaiting in our garden beds… eco printing! ⁠

Whether you harvest natural dye materials from your landbase or source from a natural dye supplier, join in the fun at Caitlin ffrench's @ffrench Eco Printing with Natural Dyes workshop at the SOS site »⁠



#sosnaturaldyeing #caitlinffrench #schoolofsweetgeorgia #ecoprint #naturaldyeing

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Start the long weekend with bundles of beautiful natural colour! Teaching different methods of folding, clamping and bundling techniques, learn all about printing with plants at Eco Printing, taught by Caitlin ffrench @ffrench!⁠

At the School, you can also find Caitlin's Natural Dyeing Basics course, as well as Planting a Natural Dye Garden, to learn more about the fabulous and fun practice of natural dyeing. And if you're not yet an SOS member, or have a fibre friend you'd like to learn along with, use the code: SPRINGSTART to get 7 days for $1 plus save 10% off your subscription! We hope to see you there!⁠



#sosnaturaldyeing #sosdyeing #ecoprint #ecoprinting #contactprint #naturaldyeing #naturaldyes #caitlinffrench #schoolofsweetgeorgia

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Join Caitlin ffrench ffrench over at the School schoolofsweetgeorgia to learn all about the natural beauty and fun of eco printing! Link in bio to the course page!

#sosnaturaldyeing #caitlinffrench #schoolofsweetgeorgia #ecoprint #naturaldyes

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New over at the School… join in a journey of natural dyeing at the Eco Printing Workshop taught by Caitlin ffrench ffrench! ⁠

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Fitting perfectly in with our excitement for garden planning and fresh new spring colours bursting from the earth, we're so delighted to share our latest course addition: Eco Printing with Caitlin ffrench ffrench!⁠

With eco printing or contact printing, we'll learn about different methods of getting dye stuff, either wildcrafted, homegrown or store bought, to make prints onto fabric, yarn and knitted items. Whether it's a blank sock yarn blank you’re going to print and then knit or crochet from, or perhaps a finished object you’ve already made and will then dye, you'll learn all the steps and tools needed to begin the beauty of eco printing! Find more info at the SOS site (link in bio) »⁠

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Fitting perfectly in with our excitement for garden planning and fresh new spring colours bursting from the earth, we're so delighted to share our latest course addition: Eco Printing with Caitlin ffrench @ffrench!⁠

With eco printing or contact printing, we'll learn about different methods of getting dye stuff, either wildcrafted, homegrown or store bought, to make prints onto fabric, yarn and knitted items. Whether it's a blank sock yarn blank you’re going to print and then knit or crochet from, or perhaps a finished object you’ve already made and will then dye, you'll learn all the steps and tools needed to begin the beauty of eco printing! Find more info at the SOS site (link in bio) »⁠



#sosnaturaldyeing #sosdyeing #caitlinffrench #schoolofsweetgeorgia #ecoprinting #contactprinting #dyeingwithplants #naturaldyeing #naturaldyes

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Download the Plant a Natural Dye Garden PDF workbook » Download the Transcript here>> Remember that SOS All-Access Members receive 15% off at the SweetGeorgia site, discount code available here Share your questions and progress with us in the community forums »

About Instructor

Caitlin ffrench

Caitlin ffrench is a natural dyer, paint maker, forest lover, and stick collector. Caitlin wildcrafts natural dyes and earth pigments from various land bases she visits as a way to create a visual record of place through pigment memories.

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