I grew up with gardens for eating so I love extending that to gardens for dyeing. I love learning and engaging in every step, seed to plant to dye, getting to know the plants through the process. Feels like magic, the colors they impart.
My pigment garden currently includes Japanese Indigo, Marigold (Tagetes spp), and Madder (Rubia tinctorum). I forage Goldenrod flowers (Solidago spp).
Japanese Indigo (Persicaria tincotoria) is an amazing, exuberant plant. I extract the pigment from its abundant leaves through a fermentation process, which leaves me with a smelly blue sludge that's the consistency of soft serve ice cream on a hot day. Photos of the processes to come!