I came up with the idea for these small selections many, many years ago – such a simple idea to show off some of the colours available in a particular period of history. (often copied these days, I feel this is great form of flattery!)
The Mediaeval Period saw some changes for dyers – Guilds started being set up (The Worshipful Company of Dyers are mentioned in 1188 and granted their charter in 1471.)
Brazilwood arrived from Foreign shores and was used for lush rich reds. Dyers Broom had been around since Roman times but was more popular on the West side of the country, Weld being the more common on the East.
1250AD – 1500AD (Mediaeval) colours are: Brazilwood, Dyers Broom, Woad, Brazilwood and Woad, Dyers Broom and Woad.
These sets are made up of 5 skeins of Wensleydale DK wool, 10m in length, they are ideal for making braids or embroidery, or simply showing off!