Our previous days were packed full of gorgeous villages and brocantes.
It was nice to stay put the whole day on this magical property.
I may never get to say again that I stayed in a chateau…might as well talk about it a lot now:-)
The morning was wonderful and a bit cool from all the rain the night before.
Mid-morning we had a short talk about woad, the history behind it and how it is used today.
It was a fascinating presentation and something that I had never learned before.
"Woad is a hardy biennial plant native to Europe and the British Isles. It is a green plant that flowers yellow the second year and looks very much like a weed. However, it's in the green leaves of the first year that one will be able to obtain one of the most beautiful blues in the world."
It is this blue that you see all over France…especially those gorgeous blue shutters that I can't get out of my head.
We had two vats for dying.
One vat would produce a lighter blue and the other a darker blue.
During our brocanting (is that even a word??) the days before we had all been looking for vintage fabrics to dye and some were wise enough to bring some things from home.
Once you got started it was a little additive and we all kept running back for more things to dye.
At the end of the day the lines were full of the most gorgeous blues.
Lace, hemp, linen, cotton, velvet…….vintage and new pieces came out so beautifully.
We had a beautiful treat waiting for us in the afternoon.
I can't wait to show you the photos.
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