TheOutsideDyers

The Outside

Pangbourne, England

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Announcement    We have been having fun making up new themed bags of felting wool for sale, so do check out our new selection. We also have plenty of lovely healthy little Woad plants ready now - they are perfect at the moment but will quickly grow too big too post and transplant well, so if you're thinking about growing Woad this year we recommend getting plants now! We also have Madder plants sown last year and growing on well and plenty of Dyer's Chamomile (pretty feathery leaved perennial that dyes warm yellow).
We now have a shop on our own website www.theoutside.org.uk/shop with plants, seeds and dyestuffs at slightly cheaper prices and new ranges of embroidery and knitting pure Italian Mulberry silk, naturally dyed felting wool (including a beautiful range of greens) from our own Shetland x Boreray Sheep and some fabulous long British wool welly boot socks (get them early for the Autumn - we sold out last year).
We have been really enjoying our new lambs - videos of them zooming on instagram (much more fun than the other kind of zoom!)
We have been busy with research and 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 are beginning to think about workshops again - probably just one day dyeing workshops to begin with, if you would be interested please email us. We are also very much hoping to be at Salisbury Museum for their Archaeology Festival on the 24th and 25th July.

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Last updated on 04 Jun, 2021

We have been having fun making up new themed bags of felting wool for sale, so do check out our new selection. We also have plenty of lovely healthy little Woad plants ready now - they are perfect at the moment but will quickly grow too big too post and transplant well, so if you're thinking about growing Woad this year we recommend getting plants now! We also have Madder plants sown last year and growing on well and plenty of Dyer's Chamomile (pretty feathery leaved perennial that dyes warm yellow).
We now have a shop on our own website www.theoutside.org.uk/shop with plants, seeds and dyestuffs at slightly cheaper prices and new ranges of embroidery and knitting pure Italian Mulberry silk, naturally dyed felting wool (including a beautiful range of greens) from our own Shetland x Boreray Sheep and some fabulous long British wool welly boot socks (get them early for the Autumn - we sold out last year).
We have been really enjoying our new lambs - videos of them zooming on instagram (much more fun than the other kind of zoom!)
We have been busy with research and 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 are beginning to think about workshops again - probably just one day dyeing workshops to begin with, if you would be interested please email us. We are also very much hoping to be at Salisbury Museum for their Archaeology Festival on the 24th and 25th July.

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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 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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