I have heard about it before and this summer I tried it. The buddleia flowers have are a powerful dye material. On linen fabric, it produces an intense yellow, classified as Straw Yellow (71) in Werner’s Nomenclature of Colours and once modified with iron soup I obtained the Honey Yellow (70).
On the cotton rope, we approach the colours Chestnut Brown (103), yellowish Brown (104) and Wood Brown (105). There is still one bowl available in my online store with this dye.
Buddleia trees grow well here on Lewis. Some people have them in their courtyard and they produce wonderful flowers. It is also called Butterfly tree as it attracts butterflies but also pollinators.
I have planted a little one in my garden in August and I hope to plant one or two mature ones on the croft for the following year.
I do not have a lot of photos of the fabric. I must say it is very challenging to catch the real colour through the lens of a camera. I have still a lot to learn about it. In the next article I will speak about my second attempt to dye with Rowan berries and I have more photos of the fabrics.