Interwoven – Plant dyers

For plant-dyers

Thank you for taking a look at Interwoven, the textile project at the heart of Walk for Earth. We hope you can lend your skills to bring this project to life. Your contribution will celebrate your connection with the living world where you are, and show your support for a law of ecocide.


How Interwoven works

The Interwoven textile piece will be composed of undyed woven sections from around 18 locations from north to south of the UK along the route of Walk for Earth.

Once the sections are assembled into a whole, we will add some stitching to the piece using plant-dyed yarn from locations all along the walk route. These will show the regional and seasonal variations in colours produced by dyeing plants in different parts of the UK.


Represent your locality 

If you already use plants growing in your local area for dyeing yarn, we would love you to send us a small amount to represent your local area. Please be in touch at info@walkforearth.co.uk and we will give you full details. 


Plant-dyeing workshops for groups

If you already run plant-dyeing sessions for groups, could you make this project part of what you’re doing? Email us if you can; we may link you with a group in your area.

 

Hand-spun undyed yarn

If you are also a hand-spinner, please spread the word about Interwoven to any weavers in your local area – if you know a weaver who might want to take part in Interwoven, you could spin some natural undyed yarn for their woven section.

There is flexibility for you to start as soon as you want. The deadline is end November 2022.


Here’s how to take part:

  1. Check if you’re on our route
    Check the basic Walk for Earth towns and cities map. If you’re within 15 miles of our route, let us know! To get the map, email us at info@walkforearth.co.uk.

  2. Find your source of natural yarn
    Check your nearest source of sustainably-produced, natural undyed wool/flax/other natural yarn. If you tell them about the context for Interwoven, perhaps they might be willing to offer you some material to dye.
  3. Plan your work – what’s your inspiration?
    As you plan what plants you’ll use, you might want to reflect on the issues behind Interwoven – what’s your relationship with the living world in the context of the climate and ecological emergency? Why are the plants you use important to you? How are you inspired by nature when you dye with plants? If you work with a group, you could invite them to reflect on the context for the piece.
  1. Dye your yarn
    We only need a fairly small sample to stitch with. You can send us a range of colours, or just one.
  2. Can you join Walk for Earth too? You can do your own mini-‘walk for Earth’ – find out how.
  3. Post your dyed yarn(s) back to us
    Email info@walkforearth.co.uk for details.