More Weld

Weld plant April 2016

Weld plant April 2016

This was back in April the Weld started shooting up.


Weld plant, May 2016

Weld plant, May 2016

The tomato cage might give an indication of the height of the plant.  I’ve seen them grow much taller.  This one  however is flowering so it’s unlikely to see more growth.


Weld closeup

Weld, closeup

Almost ready for seed saving.

13 Responses to “More Weld”

  1. 1 Lynn D May 29, 2016 at 1:48 am

    How long does the weld plant live? Was thinking it was an annual or maybe biannual and seeds the 2nd year.

    • 2 jmjamison May 29, 2016 at 2:31 am

      Mine, grown in southern California, live about a year. The one in the pictures was actually a volunteer that somehow was seeded a few feet from where I had planned to grow the Weld. Once it starts shooting up with blossoms that’s about it.

      I had read you can use the whole plan and that seems to work for me. I save the whole plant dried to use later.

      They might last longer someplace else – another climate. We’ve had pretty consistent heat waves here.

  2. 3 Lynn D June 30, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Has been quite warm here (next county over). May have found a small bag of Weld seeds . Was thinking of taking Metrolink to Orange then Red line and visit Natural dye places. Found GrahamKeegan and Jane of Noone. (not sure if still there). Have you found other businesses that do natural dying? Thank you for your blog!
    Am trying pressure printing with plants…now (using old phone book and a weight.Wonder how Weld would do ?

  3. 4 jmjamison July 3, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    (Sorry to take so long here.) I don’t know any natural dye businesses around

  4. 5 jmjamison July 3, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    here myself. Which of course don’t mean they don’t exist. I’d check on or google. Ravelry has lots of active dyers on the site. Also Griffin Dye Works ( might know who’s local.

  5. 6 jmjamison July 3, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I’ve never tried pressure print with Weld. I tend to use it dried. If you have Oxalis and who doesn’t around here – that might work fresh.

  6. 7 jmjamison July 3, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Before I forget. If you are coming by Metro the new Expo Line (meets Red Line at 7th Street) goes all the way to Santa Monica – near the beach. It’s a nice trip. and near the Camera Obscura Art Lab ( The SoCal Handweavers did spinning and weaving demos out there. Nice place.

    I’m near the Rancho Park station which is further east.

    • 8 Lynn D July 3, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      Thank you for the new Expo line info. The Camera Obscura sounds neat. Have some Pokeweed plant found in town if you want some. Though you might find it at FM or in LA someplace.Havnt used any of these lines yet. So are you near Graham Keegan studio? Not sure what to look under at Ravelry. Yes yellow and pink Oxalis- am wondering if extract Oxalic acid to mordant with). Am trying to figure how to make paint, print ink with plant/soils and get to stay on fabric. Have a good weekend

      • 9 Lynn D August 28, 2016 at 5:51 pm

        To: Subject: Re: tinctures and woad  HiJamie,Is this same you Jamie as Backyard dyer?Found this on my msn account (usually use yarnspinner  Have you seen this study done on Woad? make me wonder as they didnt get good results for fermenting .They needed to find a real user of Woad to do that study properly I think.Showed results with hot water extraction at diff temps and pH.   Havnt found any talks by Julie Jmes in Ventura county, as that sounded fun.Have started back up an old indigo fermantation vat. Am getting some blues, that dont was off , that hadnt even been green or yellow when pulled from vat.  A little confusing but will keep playing with it. Am wondering what effects colors of blues when using indigo.Have a good weekend.Lynn

      • 10 jmjamison August 30, 2016 at 8:55 pm is my old email address. Been with them since they opened for business. I did freelance work for awhile so added the domain name. Although it’s been a long time since the freelancing but I still have the domain.

        The paper got me a 404 error.

        Julie James has some classes at The Greenman store in North Hollywood.

      • 11 Lynn D August 30, 2016 at 9:50 pm

        Jamie, take the DOES off end of link might work (oops).
        Had done a websearch of ” extraction of indigo from plants “, wondering what effects different things had on its blueness. “Extraction of Indigo from Some Isatis species and Dyeing Standardization Using Low-technology Methods” , is one of the titles found at
        Since no car, might be able to do a day class there (NH), though didnt see herbs classes listed. Was just looking at this, and wondering if could cut a stencil – .
        Havnt tried my vat yet today, was trying to make space for me to do more fiber/dye play and eat.

      • 12 jmjamison August 30, 2016 at 10:14 pm

        Got it – looks interesting. This will probably be my busreading.

        Also, check this out: Maiwa – organic vat uses fruit or fructose for the vat. I’m hoping to try this one, just need to get some lime/calcium hydroxide.

  7. 13 Lynn D August 31, 2016 at 3:00 am

    Thanks for the link. Have fed mine old bits dates,pears.. Am thinking could maybe use acai ( since it said antioxidents. What about vite C?
    Someone used pickling lime (Pharmacy), which is food grade lime, I use water that soaked in wood ashes (also stale urine).

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