Introduction to Natural Dyeing - Day Workshop

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Introduction to Natural Dyeing - Day Workshop

from 78.00

At The Tallet, Calmsden, Cirencester, GL7 5ET, 10am-4pm. 

Sunday 26th November (sold out)

Saturday 20th January

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 also available for dyeing. 

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: £78, including a length of organic silk. I am open to skill shares and exchanges.

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For a whole weekend of natural dyeing, come to the Indigo & Shibori workshop on the Saturday and the Natural dyeing workshop on the Sunday for £150. 

If we have time, we can 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. 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. 

Fabrics available:

Silk noil: A lovely thick and rough silk woven from the short fibres from the cocoon, rather than the long threads of other silks. Ideal for embroidery, furnishings and clothing as it is very easy to handle and does not crease easily.

Silk habatai: A thin, soft silk. 

Cotton & linen: Great for dyeing with indigo, but harder to get stronger colours with other colours. 

Wool: 20g hanks of wool