A crafty day out at Cranborne Ancient Technology Centre

Getting started

Top of the roundhouse roof — smoky!

Learning about the techniques and looking at samples

Samples using all natural dyes — various yarns, linens, silks and threads.
Kat’s on a mission to find plants! Out of our way sheep!
Clockwise from top left: Woad! Kat picks weld, a madder root, and collecting water with iron particles in from the blacksmiths hut.
Not sure whether to be alarmed or intigued by all these bones hanging around…

Extracting the dye

Bottom: Woad leaves that have steeped and now being whisked, Top: the blue colour obtained from this method!
Some of the variation achieved with madder and different moss and iron mordants. Check out those blues from the woad though!
Weld in the pot, and being poured into a new pot whilst being strained with a crocheted sieve — very medieval and authentic!
A beautiful yarn rainbow! Pinks: Madder, yellows: weld, browns: walnut, olive greens: weld + woad, blue: woad (all using a variety of mordants to get the different shades).

UX and tech geek. Observer of humans. Crisp connoisseur. Yarn fondler. Undercover Northerner.