About Rebecca

I'm a natural dyer from the UK, a writer, a mother to three young children and an all-round plant lover.

At heart, I'm a maker and storyteller. I create books and magazines about making things with plants, then publish them myself.

Dyeing with plants

Plants are central to my creativity. I'm happiest when I create things with my hands and spend time connecting with nature - either walking outside or at home dyeing with plants.

You can do the same, if you'd like to? My book will help you get started with natural dyeing...

Our relationship with nature

To me, dyeing is more than just making colours on fabric: it's a way to get to know our local area and learn more about plants. Gathering plants for my dye pot helps me pay more attention to the beauty of the changing seasons.

You will begin to notice new plants that you've never stopped to look at before, as you continually wonder what colour they could make in your dye pot. It's an endless journey of discovery.

My publications

  • In 2016 I wrote an eBook called Botanical Colour at your Fingertips in which I share my simple methods for plant dyeing. Due to popular demand, I self published the book and released it in paperback. Designing the book is part of my design process: I love presenting ideas visually and taking you on a journey through the pages.
  • I released 4 volumes of Plants Are Magic magazines between 2017-2019, and made the decision to retire the magazine in 2020.
  • In 2018, Botanical Dyes on Wood was released as an eBook and the paperback was released in 2021.
  • In 2020, I released a new book called Plant Dye Zine, which is a collection of natural dye tutorials written by me and 7 other nature creatives from around the world.
  • In November 2021, I released the first volume of Plant Forage Make, and plan to release one or two new editions per year.

I continue to explore botanical dyeing and share my experiments on my Instagram page, and write new tutorials on my blog.

*portrait at the top by Siobhan Watts