British Dye Plants (Chapter IV in the 1916 edition)


Below is a dropdown list of British dye plants (which Ethel Mairet refers to in her book but doesn’t give specific recipes for – it’s up to you to provide your own recipe) plus the fibres which are available to use for those recipes. If you are unsure which to choose, please ensure that you have read our website entry guidelines which will help you make your decision.

Please note that the entries are limited to one per plant and fibre combination, so if your preferred plant/fibre is not on the list then it has already been allocated.

The exhibition runs until mid-April and we are collecting samples up until then. After this it is hoped that the exhibition will then go on tour. The project is not restricted to one recipe or fibre per person, if you would like to have a go at more than one please do!

Click here if you need technical help using this selection process

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Submissions Assistance

In order to collect submissions, we have set up a process similar to an online shop. To tell us which dyes and fibres you’d like to choose, use the following submission process:

  1. Make your selection from the dropdown combinations available and click ‘add to cart’. If your preferred choice is unavailable, this is because it has been allocated to another dyer.
  2. Click on the ‘View Cart’ link above the details, or select more colour/fibre options if you’d like to do more than one.
  3. Check out normally, adding your name and address details (obviously this project is free to enter, so all that’s missing in the process is the payment process!)
  4. Once you have submitted your details and preferences, you will receive an email containing a link to our special Pinterest board, to which you can submit up to three images recording your project progress. Feel free to tweet and instagram images relating to the project using the hashtag #dyeingnow.