TheOutsideDyers

The Outside

Pangbourne, England
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Announcement    We really enjoyed the dyeing and wool processing workshop we held at the beginning of this month and hope to run some more workshops later in the year.
For anyone wanting to grow dye plants we now have garden ready Woad, Dyer's Chamomile and Madder plants. If you want slightly cheaper plants and seeds, head over to our website shop https://www.theoutside.org.uk/product-category/dye-plants-and-seeds/
You can also find the new range of Exmoor socks we started dyeing during the Winter on the website at https://www.theoutside.org.uk/product-category/socks/ these are lovely comfy every day socks, made from Exmoor Bluefaced British wool - every stage of the process in making these socks happens in Britain and supports a small business; that shouldn't be unusual but sadly it is. We're really glad to have found these socks and also our range of quality 'Stanbury Walker' walking socks from the wonderful Arbon Socks in Frome.
We have carefully selected and drum carded some of the best of the dyed fleeces from our lovely Shetland sheep, many of these are now available on the website and their will be a few more colours soon https://www.theoutside.org.uk/product-category/felting-wool/
We have rewritten our Woad dyeing instructions, we now have specific instructions for anyone dyeing with Indigo or Woad extract, please let us know if you need these when you purchase dyestuffs. We are also able to email you instructions for using Alum Mordant.
We plan to run some more workshops later in August and September, if you would like to be put on our email list for information about these please get in touch.

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Last updated on 12 Jul, 2022

We really enjoyed the dyeing and wool processing workshop we held at the beginning of this month and hope to run some more workshops later in the year.
For anyone wanting to grow dye plants we now have garden ready Woad, Dyer's Chamomile and Madder plants. If you want slightly cheaper plants and seeds, head over to our website shop https://www.theoutside.org.uk/product-category/dye-plants-and-seeds/
You can also find the new range of Exmoor socks we started dyeing during the Winter on the website at https://www.theoutside.org.uk/product-category/socks/ these are lovely comfy every day socks, made from Exmoor Bluefaced British wool - every stage of the process in making these socks happens in Britain and supports a small business; that shouldn't be unusual but sadly it is. We're really glad to have found these socks and also our range of quality 'Stanbury Walker' walking socks from the wonderful Arbon Socks in Frome.
We have carefully selected and drum carded some of the best of the dyed fleeces from our lovely Shetland sheep, many of these are now available on the website and their will be a few more colours soon https://www.theoutside.org.uk/product-category/felting-wool/
We have rewritten our Woad dyeing instructions, we now have specific instructions for anyone dyeing with Indigo or Woad extract, please let us know if you need these when you purchase dyestuffs. We are also able to email you instructions for using Alum Mordant.
We plan to run some more workshops later in August and September, if you would like to be put on our email list for information about these please get in touch.

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Sales 6,222
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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 our own small flock of Shetland and Shetland x Boreray Sheep, they are used to graze the community orchards and other areas of the Estate with flora which benefit from careful management. We currently shear and process all our fleeces by hand. They are available in the dyed and undyed colours for felt makers and hand spinners.
We use only biodegradable cellophane bags to pack dyestuffs and fleece in.
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.

Production partners

  • Devonia Sheepskins and Tannery

    Buckfastleigh, England

    Devonia is Britain's oldest established sheepskin tannery and still employs traditional processing techniques. They are a small friendly company that have been tanning sheepskins for 200 years. We are trialling the sale of a few sheepskins from sheep belonging to our friends, tanned by Devonia.

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