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Susan Dye

In 2015 I completed a City and Guilds Certificate in Patchwork and Quilting with Barbara Weeks at Studio 39 in Baldock, Herts. My final assessed piece was 'The River Ran Red' - a plant dyed wall hanging exploring the victorian shawls woven in Norwich, my native city.

I live in Hitchin, Herts. I have been using home grown dye plants for over 14 years, specialising in the 'Medieval Grand Teint' of madder, woad and weld. I am particularly interested in obtaining bright, level, fast colours on fabric, thread, yarn and fibre. I offer workshops in plant dyeing, mordanting and plant dye garden design. I also enjoy talking to groups about plant dyeing and its fascinating history.

I maintain a blog about the horticulture and history of the dyes at

In addition to textile crafts, my interests include Science Fiction, History of Science and the political and personal challenges of living a "good life" at a time of climate breakdown.

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I am available as a teacher and a speaker.

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