madder root

Last weekend, I had the privilege of learning to make natural dyes with Rebecca Burgess at Twin Pond Retreat in Vermont. Although I am just beginning to dip into the sensual delight of harvesting colors, I already see the world with new eyes. Black-eyed susans and pokeberry, two plants I have yet to try, jumped out at me on my walk home this afternoon. Last week I wouldn’t have been able to spot these plants, much less draw out beautiful colors such as these!

top to bottom: peat bog, purple basil, golden rod, black walnut, madder root

3 thoughts on “madder root”

  1. yippee!!!!! so excited to hear all about it (and just a tad envious)! I’m ready to take a natural dye workshop… somewhere nearby in the Inland NW. starting to think about investigating natural dye plants and processes in Oaxaca, MX for a few weeks this winter. other travel destination suggestions welcome!

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