Journal

  • Why should I care about natural dye?

    Today most artificial colour is derived from petrochemicals, with the obvious disadvantages to the environment that using products derived from oil continues to bring. The garment industry in particular is one of the most polluting in the world today, pouring untreated chemicals and dyes into waterways in Bangladesh, Pakistan and China, where many of our clothes and textiles in the west are made.
  • How To Estimate Ribbon For Invitations

    Wondering how much ribbon or twine you will need to tie your invitations? Here's a quick explanation.
  • Natural Dye in the News

     "It's the visual equivalent of a peach ripened by the tree, or a tomato baked in sunshine. Some lost part of you recognises that this is how it's...
  • Wooden Spools, now available in the shop!

    I started making my own spools when I began to market my ribbons and couldn't find spools that met my criteria: they needed to have a simple, moder...
  • Partnering with Ridwell to recycle plastic packaging.

    I'm pretty excited about this! As you may know, I'm committed that Nettle + Silk be as eco-friendly as possible. All of my fabrics and dyes are tot...
  • Dip-Dyed Dress

    Adventures in collaborative natural dye and dressmaking!
  • Our Wedding Is Postponed!

      Guest Post by Valentina Ring, Owner, Head Planner, & Creative Producer at The Stars Inside As this unprecedented situation ...
  • Warm Cognac Tones and a Scandi Vibe

    At Portland's new Scandi-modern Hotel Kex, a warm colour palette, modern florals and a grey silk gown to die for.                   As ever,...
  • How To Tie An Invitation Wrap

        I often get asked for help with estimating ribbon length for invitation ties (and you can find a little tutorial on that here). I thought it m...
  • A Floral Love Letter to a City

    Floral Designers in Portland create random acts of flower love all over the city, creating beautiful installations from flowers destined for the trash as the COVID19 crisis tightens its grip on the flower trade.
  • Love in Uncertain Times

    Dear Friends, I'd like to send some virtual love out into the digital ether for anyone who's worried or scared right now in light of the current he...
  • Indigo Love

    .. But then the silk comes out of the dye-bath a beautiful leaf green and as the it reacts with the air it turns that magical, rich glowing blue and I catch my breath again.