AppleOak FibreWorks is a natural dyeing company based in Co. Clare, in the West of Ireland. We proudly run as a circular-economy business, operating with sustainable and eco-friendly practices. All of our dyeing is done with harvested rainwater and all dye water is recycled through engineered reed-bed and plant bed systems.. All of our natural dye matter is composted in the wormery and turned into beautiful rich organic compost.
Visitors & Tours are very welcome to visit the Studio by appointment or on our Open Wednesdays from 9-4pm.
About Jennifer & Tristan Lienhard
Jennifer & Tristan are both passionate Gardeners, with Tristan being an Advisor at the local Seed Savers Organization and Manager of Wandering Gardens, Garden Design & Installation. Jennifer is the Maker and Dyer at Apple Oak Fibre Works and helps out at Wandering Gardens in the Design processes, specializing in Planting design.
If Jennifer is the creative part of the team, Tristan provides the practical solutions and creates order out of the creative mayhem. With the upgrading of production and a firm interest in turning the business as sustainable as possible, the couple is also looking at the possibility of sourcing and growing some of the dye plants in Ireland.
Apple Oak Fibre Works evolved with the couple’s love of all things natural. Jennifer initially set about working with acid dyes first, but quickly moved to plant dyes. After many years of experimenting and Research Apple Oak Fibre Works was born. This natural process of dying yarn and fabric is now the heart of the business.
“Every time we grow just a little, we have more positive impact on our industry. Every time we expand just a little, we create more opportunity for growth in our rural community, because opportunities don’t just affect one micro-business. Opportunity causes a ripple effect, and our tiny pond can reach further out to others.”
Apple Oak Fibre Works uses compostable packaging and practices ethical and sustainable dyeing practices.