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ROSEHIPS + RIBBONS | Natural Present Wrapping
If you are looking for a way to slow down frantic preparations for the festive season, natural dyeing is a beautiful process that produces equally beautiful results. Here, Ros Humphries of The Natural Dyeworks shows The Room Service how to naturally dye silk using locally foraged ingredients. The result is a spool of stunning, sustainable ribbon that will make your gift wrapping – and giving – all the more special this season.
“The best thing about natural dyeing is that it forces you to look at the nature you’re in,” explains Ros. “Every time I walk the dog, I’m monitoring what’s finishing, what’s coming in. I look for elderberries in September, sloes in October, hawthorn and rosehips in November and alder cones and acorns throughout winter. I’m so immersed in the seasons: it’s wonderful.”
For this project, Ros – who supplies her ribbons to florists and stylists across the UK – is using rosehips. “I love rosehips,” she says. “I love their colour and they smell so good...