Lessons from the Dye House 4: Woodworm

~ A diary of color, indulgences and other senses of joy ~

This is the name of the book in which I keep my pressed flowers, wool samples and natural dye recipes. I specifically chose a  book with an elongated form; it seems infinitely more interesting to browse it’s long white pages. It is strong and the elastic band keeps it all in good condition, with no wandering sheets. Pressed plants fit perfectly into the oblong shape and the hard cover allows me to stick and paint at will. It is a journal of the sun, a slice of life, a diary of colors and joyful recipes, a vivid dream of morning rambles  – these were some of your suggestions that I received for the name and they are all perfect in every way. Without too many words, I will first show you inside.
Wormwood – Artemisia absithium
Wormwood is commonly found on roadsides or in pastures and you can recognize it by its height, as well as the color of leaves – greeny white – which are easily distinguished from other plants.
Wormwood should be left to dry in the air and we use the stems and leaves for the dye. Cut the plants into pieces of about 5-10 cm using scissors and cover them with water in a large pot. Leave it to boil for 1 hour, then take out the vegetable debris and add 1 tablespoon of eggplant stone (copper sulphate) per liter of remaining solution. Dip the raw wool into the solution and put the pot back on low heat for 20-30 minutes. Remove the material, wash it several times in water and leave it out to dry. You will get a very nice olive green, which perfectly matches the colour of the nature lovers’ soul.
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This natural wool dyeing recipe was translated and edited from De Dimineata, a blog by the Cluj based jewelery designer Diana Calin. She uses natural methods and antiqued metals to create embroidered felt necklace pendants, jewelery and accessories. To purchase her products, check out her online shop.
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