A few weeks ago, one of my new cuckoo marans pullets started laying lovely dark brown eggs, but not in the designated area, instead she made a nest in the undergrowth. And because of my rummaging in this prickly heap, to collect these early eggs (before she got the hang of it and moved to the hen house), I was fairly aware of the plant. So, when I was idly flicking through my natural dye book, and noticed the same plant, comfrey, it seemed like a sign. Well, perhaps more the fact the young grower cockerels were eating it now it was squashed might have been the sign..
So we hastily harvested the rest and into the dye pot it went.
Our experiments with natural dyeing with comfrey, on wool, – on the left – a pale goldeny khaki from using alum mordant, and the next three dips, no alum but iron modifier. Very attractive tones I think.