Harris Tweed is the cloth woven by hand in the Outer Hebrides. The wool used was originally dyed using local plants vegetables and lichens. Every time we look out of a window here at out little cottage the surrounding meadow and croft is a link to a bygone era where plants were used to dye the cloth. The moorland and vast swathes of peatlands are a joy to behold where the living plants were used in the dying process. Each time I look at tweed it reminds me that from the land comes the cloth. Sadly these days the plants are no longer used in the dying process of the wool but there are some Artisan Crafters around the Island that are still familiar with the process and use local plants. Seaweed is often seen been collected along the shoreline. Let me take you on quick look at some of the beautiful wild plants growing along the hedgerow. Pour yourself a cup of tea and take a piece of shortbread and make yourself comfortable for this picture heavy post.
Have you tried dying wool or fabric, I would love to hear about it?