Thursday, August 23, 2012

shades of dyer's chamomille

Dyer's chamomille or golden marguerite (Anthemis tinctoria) is a perennial plant with aromatic bright green-bluish foliage and yellow daisy-like flowers.

It has no culinary and only limited medicinal uses. However, the flowers produce excellent yellow and gold-orange.
It has been used as a dye for a very long time, it provides the buff in Turkish carpets but in Europe dyers preferred weld instead as yellow dye.
The leaves give a light green dye.

one acidic and one basic fermented dye in glass containers
with dyer's chamomille

Using the fermentation method with dyer's chamomille
gave some light yellow on kidsilk mohair and buff yellow on lace merino



  1. Oh, very pretty colours!!

    My first fermentation container will soon be ready to be sieved, and I'm so excited :)

  2. Ah, that's what dyers camomile looks like. I hoped it might be the wild camomile that grows everywhere in the chicken run. I tried to dye with a little of that once but the colour wasn't anything like as pretty as you've got there.