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Growing Woad

By Hattie Kerrs, Jun 5 2017 11:16AM

The Woad seed has germinated! During the past 12 months I have been gathering plant materials to use as dyes from the surrounding landscape. Yellows, oranges pinks and browns have all been found in abundance. Blue dye however is absent in our native flora, for this reason I decided to grow some Woad of my own. Grown in Europe since the Stone Age it has a long association with East Anglia, notably with Boudicca and the Iceni tribe who used woad to colour their faces before going into battle. I however will be dyeing wool with mine