Mill Pond Flower Farm

Beautiful flowers grown in the Scottish Borders

Choosing the colour of your silk ribbon

The colour buttons on the right will take you to the descriptions of the colours currently available.

I would advise against trying to match colours exactly to other fabrics - natural dyes create unique colours that will gently blend but it's unlikely that they will be replicated exactly in other materials. If you're ordering a lot of ribbon for a particular event please let me know and I'll endeavour to make sure it all comes from the same dye batch.

About the colours and their names
Each dye colour is given a name and accompanied by description of the ribbon and how the colour looks.  The colours are named after wondrous women from history*.  Slightly eccentric  possibly, but it gives each colour its own individual character and saves confusion between the pale green/bright green/soft green/olive green (for me at least).
Dyeing silk is great and to sell it to people who also love it is a marvellous thing. Describing colours however, is another matter altogether. My ‘purple’ is another person’s ‘maroon’, their ‘gold’ is my ‘beige’. Photographs help a bit but the light – artificial, sunshine, gloom, they all affect how the colour looks.
Each batch of dye gives a colour that depends on the dyestuff and how it is applied. I use all natural dyestuff, mostly grown on our flower farm. The time of year affects each plant and tree – the leaves and flowers change with the season, so colours shift gently across the year.
And then there’s the silk. Silk is truly wonderful. It moves, shifts, shimmers, sparkles and changes colour depending on the light.

So, in attempting to avoid all confusion for those choosing their ribbon by colour, I’ve moved away from conventional colour names, avoiding the whisper, hint of and blush, that is perhaps more reminiscent of paint charts.

Ribbon Colours 

Click on the button for current range and descriptions


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Long ago I spent a number of years in dusty archives researching women in 16th and 17th Century England. It was a fabulous thing to do and I loved every minute, but it hasn’t come in handy very often since then. This will remind me of happy days trying to decipher tiny illegible writing from women 400 years ago and may inspire some ribbon fans to look further into the lives of women who didn’t make the headlines but made their mark in other ways. If you’d like a reading list to help with this, let me know! And if you’re really keen, ‘Women’s Networks in Northern England 1600-1750’ written by my own fair hand, can be found online.