Introduction to Natural Dyeing - Day Workshop

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Introduction to Natural Dyeing - Day Workshop

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At The Tallet Studios, Calmsden, Cirencester, GL7 5ET, 

and In Bristol Studio, Barton Hill, Bristol, BS5 9BB

10am-4pm. 

Saturday 28th April - At In Bristol Studio (waiting list)

Saturday 26th May - At In Bristol Studio (waiting list)

Saturday 8th September - At The Tallet Studios

Explore natural dyeing techniques to create a variety of colours and effects on silk or wool. Dye some colour samples and some fabric to use in a textile project such as a scarf or cushion. Yarn will also be available for dyeing. Have a go at bundle dyeing, a technique involving binding and steaming the fabric to produce patterns.

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. 

Simple shibori resist techniques using clamps, wood blocks, and string to create patterns on the fabric.

Cost: £89, including two pieces of organic silk to dye, and a range of colour samples from the day I am open to skill shares and exchanges.

If it is booked up, I do sometimes have cancellations, so it is worth adding your name to the waiting list. 

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For a whole weekend of natural dyeing, come to the natural dyeing workshop on the Saturday and the Indigo & Shibori workshop on the Sunday for £160. 

We will do some bundle dyeing - using flowers, roots, seeds, to create patterns on silk through a steaming process. This works well with plants that release their colour quickly. 

Fabric: Half a metre of silk is included for you to dye with plus colour samples of all of the plants we use on the day. Plus a piece of silk for bundle dyeing. You can use this to make a scarf, or other textile projects. It is up to you whether you want to dye it in one piece, or cut it up and try a variety of techniques. Some fabric will be pre-mordanted to speed up the process of the day. You are welcome to purchase more fabrics on the day, or bring small amounts of your own fabrics to try out. 

Please bring: A packed lunch and an apron. You are welcome to bring a small quantity of natural fibres to dye. 

Gift Vouchers: There are gift vouchers available for a day workshop, or a weekend workshop. Gift cards are send out within a week, let me know if you need one in a hurry!