Textiles West Educational Dye Garden
The Textiles West Educational Dye Garden is located at Flying Pig farm in Manitou Springs.
Our Dye Garden is beginning its second year at Flying Pig Farm, and our wonderful perennials are popping up beautiful and healthy. This year we once again have a lovely assortment of dye plants, along with botanicals that are great for eco printing and hapa-zome (flower pounding). We did not leave out some choice vegetables too!
Perennials Planted 2018: Dyer’s Chamomile, Madder, Weld, Black Hollyhock
Annuals Planted 2019: Japanese Indigo, African Marigolds, Assorted Cosmos, Assorted Corepopsis, Assorted Pin Cushions, Red Flax, Violas and Zinnias. Variegated Carrots, Red Onions, Yellow Onions and Purple Cabbage.
All that is harvested is for educating the public about the gifts that plants give us, along with teaching us a bit about being more sustainable with our daily practices.
Join us for frequent group harvesting days, when we pick and then dye all in the same afternoon...fun and instant gratification!
Our blog was created in 2018 by Sara Anderson, to see a truthful non-intimidating look at how to get started with your own dye plants. We will continue to add to this blog with updates about our garden, interesting tidbits and garden happenings!
If you want to know everything we know about natural dyeing, you're in luck because we want you to too. We are constantly learning as well. Here are some books and websites to get any aspiring natural dyer started or to help the intermediate gardener to continue learning.
Janice Ford Memorial Dye Garden: https://www.facebook.com/growingadyegarden/
US Department of Agriculture Forest Service - Native Plant Dyes: https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/ethnobotany/dyes.shtml
Harvesting Color - Rebecca Burgess
The Natural Colors Cookbook - Maggie Pate
A Garden to Dye For - Chris McLaughlin
Wild Dyer: A guide to Natural Dyes and the art of Patchwork & Stitch - Abigail Booth
A Weaver's Garden: Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers - Rita Buchanan
A Dyer's Garden: From Plant to Pot, Growing Dyes for Natural Fibers - Rita Buchanan
Wild Color, Revised and Updated Edition: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes - Jenny Dean and Karen Diadick Casselman
The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes: Personalize Your Craft with Organic Colors from Acorns, Blackberries, Coffee, and Other Everyday Ingredients - Sasha Duerr
Indigo: Cultivate, Dye, Create - Douglas Luhanko and Kerstin Neumuller
Wild Colour - Jenny Dean
Botanical Inks - Babs Behan
Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes - Rebecca Burgess
The Modern Natural Dyer: A Comprehensive Guide to Dyeing Silk, Wool, Linen and Cotton at Home - Kristine Vejar
Natural Color: Vibrant Plant Dye Projects for your Home and Wardrobe - Sasha Duerr