|A few coreopsis flowers drying in a bowl.|
Weld has long been used by dyers as a reliable source of yellow, and in tandem with woad or indigo to make a bright green. I cut up my treasure and threw it into a dye pot. After three extractions I had enough dye liquor to dye about 500g of wool.
|The weld bath|
|The second weld bath|
For my second dye pot I chose the use the perfumed yellow pea like flowers of the broom plant. I gathered about 300g of just the flowers and made up a bath. The bath didn't look very strong, but it was full of dye. I dyed a 100g skein of merino silk laceweight.
|A skein dyed with broom drying in the shower|
I also managed to find some time to start collecting plant materials to sell.
|Everlasting flowers drying|
|Everlasting in bloom|
|Fig and cardoon leaves drying|