TheOutsideDyers

The Outside

Pangbourne, England On Etsy since 2014

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This shop got multiple 5-star reviews in the past 7 days.

TheOutsideDyers

The Outside

Pangbourne, England | 2,756 Sales

Announcement    We are having no problems with posting out orders as usual, if you have any concerns about this please do message us and we will update you on the very latest situation.
However, as all events and markets are cancelled for the foreseeable future, we very much appreciate everyone who continues to support us by buying online via Etsy. Thank you! Our thoughts and good wishes are with everyone experiencing distress at this difficult time, please let us know if we can help in any way, we are very happy to respond to messages or requests for information. We are also planning to start an inspirational gallery on our website of photos of beautiful handmade textile items both newly made and old family heirlooms. Do email us with photos of anything you would like to be included..
We now have garden ready Madder, Woad and Dyer's Chamomile plants available.
This year we have our first fleece from our own lambs, which are a very rare Shetland Boreray cross. The fleeces are variable but for the most part incredibly soft and we have now dyed a good range of colours. As this is lambswool we want to make some of it available for hand-spinners, so have begun drum carding - pale woad blue and rainbow coloured batts so far! We will list these soon and will make up some small bags for felters as well.
We have been busy with research over the winter and are currently rewriting our Woad dyeing instructions - we would love to hear from anyone who hasn't tried dyeing with Woad / Indigo before who would be willing to test our instructions and give us constructive feedback.
Sadly we are not able to host volunteers at the moment. However, we still hope to run courses in the future, so drop us an email if you are interested in these and we will keep you posted!

Announcement

Last updated on 30 Jun, 2020

We are having no problems with posting out orders as usual, if you have any concerns about this please do message us and we will update you on the very latest situation.
However, as all events and markets are cancelled for the foreseeable future, we very much appreciate everyone who continues to support us by buying online via Etsy. Thank you! Our thoughts and good wishes are with everyone experiencing distress at this difficult time, please let us know if we can help in any way, we are very happy to respond to messages or requests for information. We are also planning to start an inspirational gallery on our website of photos of beautiful handmade textile items both newly made and old family heirlooms. Do email us with photos of anything you would like to be included..
We now have garden ready Madder, Woad and Dyer's Chamomile plants available.
This year we have our first fleece from our own lambs, which are a very rare Shetland Boreray cross. The fleeces are variable but for the most part incredibly soft and we have now dyed a good range of colours. As this is lambswool we want to make some of it available for hand-spinners, so have begun drum carding - pale woad blue and rainbow coloured batts so far! We will list these soon and will make up some small bags for felters as well.
We have been busy with research over the winter and are currently rewriting our Woad dyeing instructions - we would love to hear from anyone who hasn't tried dyeing with Woad / Indigo before who would be willing to test our instructions and give us constructive feedback.
Sadly we are not able to host volunteers at the moment. However, we still hope to run courses in the future, so drop us an email if you are interested in these and we will keep you posted!

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About TheOutsideDyers

Sales 2,756
On Etsy since 2014

Naturally dyed goods, historically authentic colours and research into past and future use of natural dyes.

We are a small group of friends and family who have combined our varied skills to produce vibrantly coloured naturally dyed goods. Our dye house and workshop is based next to the Thames, on an organic estate in South Oxfordshire. We also have a mobile demonstration dye house and shop, that travels to events across the country.
Find out more at www.theoutside.org.uk

We have carried out extensive research into traditional, archaeological and potential future use and production of natural dyes in the UK. We are also happy to research any questions posed that we cannot currently answer, with a view to rediscovering lost techniques and adding to a greater understanding and promotion of ethical textile manufacture in the future. We can also provide practical help and resources for reconstructions of textile related archaeological finds.

We are an environmentally minded organisation that wishes to promote the use of natural dyes. We aim to tread lightly on the earth and are always seeking ways to make our small scale business as ethical and responsible as possible. We grow and gather many of our dye stuffs from our garden, allotments and surrounding countryside. Dye stuffs from elsewhere are sourced as responsibly as possible. We use water from our well for dyeing and rinsing, which is then recycled into our withy beds.
We have recently acquired a small flock of Shetland and Boreray Sheep, they are already making themselves useful by conservation grazing our local community orchard. We will soon be able to offer hand-spun yarn from their beautifully soft and varied fleeces.
We aim to use only biodegradable cellophane bags to pack your order in (though we currently also have a small stock of plastic bags to use up).
When posting orders we have a policy of buying no new packaging, we re-use old packaging gathered from other local businesses and schools. We hope you will enjoy receiving your parcel, whatever shape and size it is, knowing that it has a little less impact on the environment.

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