Natural Dyeing Workshops
Explore natural dyeing techniques to create a variety of colours and effects. Dye some colour samples and some fabric to use in a textile project such as a scarf or cushion.
This is an Introduction to processes through which you can achieve colours from plants that grow all around us. Such as gorse, nettles, walnut, onion skins, dandelion, oak. We will go for a walk and see what natural dye plants are available to us in the landscape, we can gather some plants for the dye pot. These are softer earthy colours - the colours of our landscape. We will be using Non-toxic plant mordants - tannin, natural acid, and symplocos (an alternative to alum)
Create strong, vivid colours using classic dye plants such as madder, weld, and indigo. These plants have been used for thousands of years to colour the textiles of our ancestors all around the world. Create beautiful blues through the unique, ancient art and science of the indigo vat. Over-dye with red and yellow plant dyes to achieve greens and purples.
Do some simple shibori resist techniques using clamps, wood blocks, and string to create patterns on the fabric.
At The Tallet, Calmsden, Cirencester, GL7 5ET, 10am-4pm. Cost: £74, including a length of organic silk. I am open to skill shares and exchanges.
Explore indigo vat dyeing and shibori resist techniques to create beautiful patterned textiles. Learn traditional methods of shibori resist dyeing - folding, clamping, scrunching, and stitching create repeat patterns. A practical guide to how to create, dye with, maintain, and dispose of an organic indigo dye vat. You can bring natural clothes or textiles to put in the dye vat. I will have some linen and organic cotton available. Come away with a dyed upcycled garment, or fabric to make in to something like a scarf, or cushion.
Please bring a packed-lunch.
At The Tallet, Calmsden, Cirencester, GL7 5ET, 10am-4pm. Cost: £74, including a length of organic cotton. I am open to skill shares and exchanges.
Saturday 16th September, Saturday 25th November
Learn how to create beautiful patterns and prints on fabric using flowers, leaves, roots, and barks through a simple steaming process. An overview of what natural dye plants you can grow in your garden or find in the hedgerow. We will be using dried flowers from the garden. Explore different mordants and modifiers you can make and use for a variety of effects. No fancy equipment needed - everything you learn you will be able to do at home. Take away a dyed piece of silk.
At In Bristol Studios, Bristol, BS5 9BB. Cost: £34 including all materials. I am also open to skill shares and exchanges. Timing: 6.30-8.45pm
Wednesday 19th July, Thursday 31st August, Wednesday 9th August - FULLY BOOKED, Tuesday 10th October.
An overview of how to create natural dyes from locally grown and foraged dye plants, food waste, and some plants from further afield, without using synthetic chemicals. Explore the traditional Japanese technique of Shibori fold and clamp tie-dyeing, using wooden blocks to create repeat patterns. Looking at natural non-toxic methods of mordanting fabric. Come away with a dyed samples, and dye some fabric to make in to a scarf, or cushion.
At In Bristol Studios, Bristol, BS5 9BB. Timing: 6.30-9pm
Cost: £32 + including 50cm width of silk and samples of the colours we use on the day.
Wednesday 5th July, Tuesday 3rd October
A creative evening of Indigo and shibori dyeing. A practical guide to how to create and maintain an Indigo Dye Vat using Michel Garcia's organic 123 method. Learn traditional Japanese Shibori resist dyeing techniques, using wooden blocks to create repeat patterns. Everything you learn you will be able to do at home. Come away with a dyed up-cycled garment, or fabric to make in to something like a scarf, or cushion.
At In Bristol Studios, Bristol, BS5 9BB. Cost: £30, I am open to skill shares and exchanges. Timing: 6.30-9pm
Thursday 13th July (2pm-4.30pm), Thursday 10th August, Wednesday 4th October, Wednesday 11th October
A great gift for a friend or relative to explore their creative side and make something beautiful.