The book is a simple, easy-to-follow guide to getting started with natural dyeing, introducing and giving an overview of colours, plants, fibres and tools along with basic recipes for lasting colours.

The primary focus of the book is dyeing on wool but it also briefly introduces other fibres and woven fabrics.

Plant dyeing is thought to be difficult and to demand several years of experience to achieve a good result, but that is not necessarily so. Plant dyeing is an activity in which everyone can take part. It does not demand any particular skills and good results can come even with the first dye bath.

The book is based on our personal experiences with natural dyeing and how to achieve a good result.

Some knowledge of the basics will serve you well when you start out. Therefore, we have put together a beginner’s guide on how to collect plants, how to interact with nature and how to recognize the plants that give the best, most beautiful colours.


  • A short history of natural dyeing with plants in Nordic culture.
  • A beginner’s guide on how to get started with natural dyeing and collecting plants in nature.
  • An overview of colours and fibres suitable for natural dyeing.
  • Recipes for dyeing with fresh and dried plant material.
  • An overview of plant materials to collect in Nordic nature and which to buy such as madderroot, cochineal and indigo.
  • A guide to preparing yarn and fabric for dyeing that lasts.
  • A guide to tools used in the various processes dyeing.
  • 8 recipes covering mordanting, dyeing with fresh and dried plants as well as historic dyes such as indigo, madder root and cochineal.

At G-uld we know firsthand what the craft of natural dyeing has to offer even today - we have lived this for years, working every day at the dye pots. Natural dyeing can be regarded as a workout for body as well as soul. You will walk for hours in nature, get to know new plants, feel the wool, smell the dye bath, test your patience, think creative thoughts and feel the happiness of pulling YOUR yarn out of the dye pot. With our different backgrounds as a trained archeologist and a graphic designer, we have one foot in the past and the other in the present. Despite our differences, we both feel strongly that old crafts must not die out. We want to see them live on - but in a context which makes sense for modern people.