Wool has been dyed using plants found in Shetland for hundreds of years. Reviving the craft and using plants grown in the islands today is exciting and the results rewarding.
Willow gives good dye colours and grows across the islands. Yellows and greens can be gained from willow. The buff shown in picture clip is particularly attractive.
Yellow and green have been achieved from the same heather plant. The use of different mordants creates the colour alteration.
We have used many plants to dye wool a range of colours, some of these are listedbelow;
Willow, Heather, Beetroot,
Wych Elm, Beech, Birch, Onion, Sorrel,
Golden Rod, Marigold, Madder,
Woad, Parsley, Rhubarb,
St John’s Wort, Docken, Tansy,