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Hedge Bedstraw Seeds

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  • Craft type: Gardening
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At least 100 seeds of Hedge Bedstraw (Galium mollugo), a member of the madder family. Historically, plants from this family have been used for textile dyeing in Scandinavia, as imported madder was expensive for ordinary people in Antiquity.

Hedge Bedstraw grows at roadsides and other open land, but digging up the roots of wild plants can be extremely difficult because the roots tangle with roots of other plants. Also, digging up wild plants may not be allowed where you live. In both cases, growing your own dye plants solves the problem.

Seed during spring (or alternatively, in late summer, the time where the seeds ripen on the plant). Germination can be slow in some cases. The plant does well in many types of soil. Full sun to partial shade.

The plant is a perennial, and will produce a number of seeds unless deadheaded.

I recommend harvesting good-size plants in late summer or fall. You can divide the perennial at this time too, putting parts of your plants back in the soil. The roots can be used for dyeing immediately or dried and saved for later.

Like madder root, hedge bedstraw root contains a mixture of several red dyes. The composition is not exactly the same in the two plants, and the dye content in hedge bedstraw is not as large as in madder. The fourth photo of this listing shows wool dyed with hedge bedstraw roots.

Dyeing with hedge bedstraw root is done in the same way as dyeing with madder root: soak the roots in water overnight, then dye on alum mordanted wool. You may leave the yarn in the dyebath overnight or longer to soak up as much dye as possible. You can read more about the dyeing procedure here: http://midgaardshave.com/madders-family/


Please note my special low shipping rate if you only buy seeds!
At least 100 seeds of Hedge Bedstraw (Galium mollugo), a member of the madder family. Historically, plants from this family have been used for textile dyeing in Scandinavia, as imported madder was expensive for ordinary people in Antiquity.

Hedge Bedstraw grows at roadsides and other open land, but digging up the roots of wild plants can be extremely difficult because the roots tangle with roots of other plants. Also, digging up wild plants may not be allowed where you live. In both cases, growing your own dye plants solves the problem.

Seed during spring (or alternatively, in late summer, the time where the seeds ripen on the plant). Germination can be slow in some cases. The plant does well in many types of soil. Full sun to partial shade.

The plant is a perennial, and will produce a number of seeds unless deadheaded.

I recommend harvesting good-size plants in late summer or fall. You can divide the perennial at this time too, putting parts of your plants back in the soil. The roots can be used for dyeing immediately or dried and saved for later.

Like madder root, hedge bedstraw root contains a mixture of several red dyes. The composition is not exactly the same in the two plants, and the dye content in hedge bedstraw is not as large as in madder. The fourth photo of this listing shows wool dyed with hedge bedstraw roots.

Dyeing with hedge bedstraw root is done in the same way as dyeing with madder root: soak the roots in water overnight, then dye on alum mordanted wool. You may leave the yarn in the dyebath overnight or longer to soak up as much dye as possible. You can read more about the dyeing procedure here: http://midgaardshave.com/madders-family/


Please note my special low shipping rate if you only buy seeds!

Reviews

5 out of 5 stars
(14)
  • Daren Carroll Aug 4, 2018
    5 out of 5 stars
    Haven't sown the seeds yet but they look high quality and clean so I presume they'll do well
    Woad Seeds
  • Tammy White May 15, 2018
    5 out of 5 stars
    Oh, they haven't sprouted...I'm not dissatisfied with the order, just disappointed - i know how these things go...
    Dyer's Coreopsis Seeds
  • Tammy White May 15, 2018
    5 out of 5 stars
    They all sprouted - hurrah!
    Weld Seeds
  • emmerton Feb 9, 2018
    5 out of 5 stars
    Arrived in good time! I'm looking forward to planting these - thank you so much!
    Weld Seeds

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FAQs

Ordinary yarns and fabrics are dyed with synthetic dyes - that means chemicals that often come from oil, and a made in a chemical plant. There are thousands of dyes like that, some of them very safe, some of them being questioned. When you buy ordinarily dyed products, there is no way of telling which dye was used.

Our yarn is dyed with natural substances only. That means plants, insects, mushrooms and even lichens. Whether picked in nature or bought from tropical growers, natural dyes are renewable resources. The only other substance we add to our yarn is alum, which is a salt that fixes the dye to the fiber. Alum has been used for this very purpose since Antiquity.
You can find a lot of information on natural dyeing on our webpage, midgaardshave.com
We use the best natural dyes in terms of wash- and lightfastness. But they do not behave the same way that synthetic colors do. Some, especially yellows, may slightly fade and mellow over time. Others may have an initial rub-off, but then stay light- and washfast after that. Madder and especially indigo behave this way - this has been known for centuries if not millenia, and is not considered a flaw in the product.
Our yarns are special and one-of a kind. We dye in very small batches, and furthermore, natural dyeing is inherently unpredictable. If knitting larger projects, we recommend changing between skeins every couple of rows.

Even when dyeing the same base yarn with the same dyestuff, results cannot be replicated. If your project requires multiple skeins, make sure to order them all at one time - we are happy to take custom orders if the yarn/amount you wish is not currently in stock.

Since yarn and dyestuffs come in close contact during dyeing, dyestuff dust or bits of plant matter can occur in the yarn. Also, colors are not always completely even, but we find that just adds a bit of personality.

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