This listing is for a SINGLE pack of dye seeds plus one 250 yard skein of ready to dye fingering weight fine fiber yarn, locally grown from sheep in the Pacific Northwest, and spun in US mills! Ready to dye means the skein has been scoured and mordanted--basically all the boring, tedious work is complete so you can just have fun!
Pollinator Project and bedhead fiber are collaborating! We have made a Limited Release seed packet specifically with dye flowers which also are a favorite for pollinators!
Natural dyeing with plants and flowers is easier on the environment -- this process uses significantly less water and is non toxic, so that harmful chemicals do not end up in waterways. With the fashion and textile industries being the second largest producer of harmful wastes right behind big oil, any step away from those processes is significant. With all the environmental threats to their habitat and survival, honeybees and other pollinators need all the help they can get in order to survive. You can make a difference by planting this mix of annual and perennial wildflowers in a plot of soil, planter, window box, or even just distribute them wherever you like -- in an abandoned lot, on a street corner -- any spot with soil and sun. After the flowers bloom, mindfully harvest them and use them for dyeing cloth, yarn, or any other natural fiber.
Pollinator Project was created by a budding beekeeper as an effort to educate people about the importance of pollinators and to make their habitat a more viable place. bedhead fiber was created by the budding beekeeper’s sister, who rapidly fell into the world of sustainability, fiber, and natural dyeing after farming abroad. They joined forces to create this special seed packet for Earth Day, and every day.
Natural dyeing instructions included inside seed packet.
Dye flower varieties include:
Alcea nigra, Hollyhock
Coreopsis tinctora, Dyer’s Coreopsis
Cosmos sulphureus, Sulfur Cosmos
Rudbekia, Black Eyed Susan
Anthemis tinctora, Dyer’s Chamomile
Instructions: For best results, evenly distribute seeds over prepared soil, and directly rake seeds below the surface, no deeper than 1/8 of an inch. Keep the soil damp, not wet to encourage germination. For a more casual approach, simply sprinkle seeds evenly over a surface with plenty of soil and sun. Distribute or plant seeds after the weather reaches 55 degrees. Each packet contains an ample amount of seeds, to easily distribute in numerous places.
Note: All of these flowers in this mix love sun, so avoid too-shady areas. Easy to grow and maintain in most regions of the US of A. Seeds are non-GMO, and some are organic.
They make beautiful and wonderful gifts!
For more info about Pollinator Project, click here.