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Using the madder dye grown in my garden

A couple of scarves woven using the madder from the garden but at quite low concentration so that the colour was quite pale. I added some cochineal to one batch to get a pinker shade. .

Growing madder

i have been using the madder I’ve grown in the garden for the first time and got some wonderful shades of orangey red. I sowed the seeds three years ago and now have a good size plot. After three years the roots are ready to be used. They have to be washed and chopped into small pieces. Then you can use them fresh or dry them for later use.

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