When Nicola of Halfpenny Home asked if I would like to come and spend the day with her and friend Lynne to do some natural dyeing I nearly bit her hand off. I set off into the wilds of Suffolk (Needham Market) with lunch and cake (to say thank you) and 400g of yarn to dye.
Nicola had some dried weld and indigo and Lynne had picked and frozen elderberries. The pair have done a lot of natural dyeing and use their knowledge of technique, past experimentation and infectious enthusiasm for colour to great effect. They make a highly complex subject seem so easy and fun.
I came to Nicola’s armed with inspiration photos from the Suffolk collection to see if we could dye some yarn with materials grown on Suffolk hedgerows to match the colours.