A dyer’s glossary

The vocabulary of dyeing is by turns practical and evocative, while the etymologies of the words related to this craft reveal the long history of an ancient practice. In aid of book research I spent a day with Claire Wellesley-Smith, learning about natural colour and the history of dyeing with plants. Claire is a textile artist, educator and writer based in Bradford, West Yorkshire. She specialises in projects that use local, natural colour, created from home-grown and locally foraged plants. Dyes and stitchesRead more