Dye garden in July

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Indigo, flax and woad.

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Violas in the blue bed.

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A kind volunteer made us some new plant labels.

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Teasel, one of our collection of plants related to the textile trade generally. They were used for carding wool.

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Looking up at the elder, soon to be a wonderful crop of berries for the birds, and for our dye pot.

We are having some wonderful weather in Yorkshire and it is a busy time in the dye garden. Watering and harvesting flowers is a daily activity and we are looking forward to starting some on site dyeing very soon.  If you are interested in getting involved with the project please get in touch with claire@hivebradford.org.uk.

A day in Saltaire

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Dye workshop for the day, a shelter in Roberts Park.

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Students using the indigo vat.

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Discovering designs on fabric.

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Logwood dyed samples on the line.

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We spent the day yesterday in Roberts Park, Saltaire, as part of a personal development day for Year 7 students at Titus Salt School. The day was designed so that students at the school could learn about the textile heritage of Saltaire, and about the dyeing process in a fun hands on way. As part of the experience students had a heritage walk around the village, planted dye plants in the park that will become part of the permanent display, and designed and dyed fabric samples using dyes with a strong connection to Salts Mill and to the park itself.