Wade House, PHS collaborate to dye yarn



These skeins of yarn were dyed with plants started by Plymouth High School students for the Wade House State Historic Site. When the Wade House wanted an authentic way to dye its wool yarn, it turned to Plymouth High School. Students germinated seeds from heirloom plants in the Food Science & Agriculture Center at the school. The seedlings later were transplanted into the Wade House Dye Garden at the state historic site in Greenbush, and the plants eventually used to color yarn - just as our ancestors did generations ago. The yarn colors take their names from the plants used to dye them, including Black Walnut, Bright Lights Cosmos, Coreopsis, Marigold, and Purple Rubinato Cosmos. The project, launched last year, was so successful that the Wade House asked PHS to partner again this year. The school expects to begin growing the provided seeds in March. Submitted photo These skeins of yarn were dyed with plants started by Plymouth High School students for the Wade House State Historic Site. When the Wade House wanted an authentic way to dye its wool yarn, it turned to Plymouth High School. Students germinated seeds from heirloom plants in the Food Science & Agriculture Center at the school. The seedlings later were transplanted into the Wade House Dye Garden at the state historic site in Greenbush, and the plants eventually used to color yarn - just as our ancestors did generations ago. The yarn colors take their names from the plants used to dye them, including Black Walnut, Bright Lights Cosmos, Coreopsis, Marigold, and Purple Rubinato Cosmos. The project, launched last year, was so successful that the Wade House asked PHS to partner again this year. The school expects to begin growing the provided seeds in March. Submitted photo

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