Woad Seeds

Sold by midgaardshave
$3.25
+ $7.31 shipping
$3.25
+ $7.31 shipping
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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
Arrives from Denmark
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Made in Holstebro, Denmark

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At least 50 seeds of woad (Isatis tinctoria) from my dye garden. I never ever use pesticides in my garden.

Woad is the ancient source of blue, across Europe, Egypt, and Central Asia. Its use for textiles goes back millennia. Also, Julius Caesar famously mentions the plant in his "Gallic Wars", having met the scary woad-tattooed Celts after crossing the British Channel.

Woad is a frost-tolerant plant, and can be seeded outside as soon as it is possible to work the soil. You can wait until mid-spring, though, and still harvest a good crop. Depending on climate, you can harvest once or several times during the first year.

The plant is a biennial, and you dye with the first-year leaves. It is only necessary to keep the plant for the second year if you wish to harvest seeds.

To dye with woad, you have several options. You can go the traditional way, make woad balls, and ferment the plant in urine or another fermentation vat. Or, you can use it in a modern vat by adding a reducing agent of your choice.

IMPORTANT: If you live in North America, please check local regulations before purchasing. Woad is considered an invasive species in some places.

First picture is the woad seeds, the second is the first year plant. The third picture shows the dusty blue that woad gives using a modern vat.

Please note my special low shipping rate if you only buy seeds!


FAQs

Ordinary yarns and fabrics are dyed with synthetic dyes - that means chemicals that often come from oil, and a made in a chemical plant. There are thousands of dyes like that, some of them very safe, some of them being questioned. When you buy ordinarily dyed products, there is no way of telling which dye was used. Our yarn is dyed with natural substances only. That means plants, insects, mushrooms and even lichens. Whether picked in nature or bought from tropical growers, natural dyes are renewable resources. The only other substance we add to our yarn is alum, which is a salt that fixes the dye to the fiber. Alum has been used for this very purpose since Antiquity.

You can find a lot of information on natural dyeing on our webpage, midgaardshave.com

We use the best natural dyes in terms of wash- and lightfastness. But they do not behave the same way that synthetic colors do. Some, especially yellows, may slightly fade and mellow over time. Others may have an initial rub-off, but then stay light- and washfast after that. Madder and especially indigo behave this way - this has been known for centuries if not millenia, and is not considered a flaw in the product.

Our yarns are special and one-of a kind. We dye in very small batches, and furthermore, natural dyeing is inherently unpredictable. If knitting larger projects, we recommend changing between skeins every couple of rows. Even when dyeing the same base yarn with the same dyestuff, results cannot be replicated. If your project requires multiple skeins, make sure to order them all at one time - we are happy to take custom orders if the yarn/amount you wish is not currently in stock. Since yarn and dyestuffs come in close contact during dyeing, dyestuff dust or bits of plant matter can occur in the yarn. Also, colors are not always completely even, but we find that just adds a bit of personality.

Ordinary yarns and fabrics are dyed with synthetic dyes - that means chemicals that often come from oil, and a made in a chemical plant. There are thousands of dyes like that, some of them very safe, some of them being questioned. When you buy ordinarily dyed products, there is no way of telling which dye was used. Our yarn is dyed with natural substances only. That means plants, insects, mushrooms and even lichens. Whether picked in nature or bought from tropical growers, natural dyes are renewable resources. The only other substance we add to our yarn is alum, which is a salt that fixes the dye to the fiber. Alum has been used for this very purpose since Antiquity.

You can find a lot of information on natural dyeing on our webpage, midgaardshave.com

We use the best natural dyes in terms of wash- and lightfastness. But they do not behave the same way that synthetic colors do. Some, especially yellows, may slightly fade and mellow over time. Others may have an initial rub-off, but then stay light- and washfast after that. Madder and especially indigo behave this way - this has been known for centuries if not millenia, and is not considered a flaw in the product.

Our yarns are special and one-of a kind. We dye in very small batches, and furthermore, natural dyeing is inherently unpredictable. If knitting larger projects, we recommend changing between skeins every couple of rows. Even when dyeing the same base yarn with the same dyestuff, results cannot be replicated. If your project requires multiple skeins, make sure to order them all at one time - we are happy to take custom orders if the yarn/amount you wish is not currently in stock. Since yarn and dyestuffs come in close contact during dyeing, dyestuff dust or bits of plant matter can occur in the yarn. Also, colors are not always completely even, but we find that just adds a bit of personality.


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Preparation takes 1-3 business days
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