Introduction to Natural Dyeing - Day Workshop

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Introduction to Natural Dyeing - Day Workshop

from 89.00

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

Saturday 8th September & Saturday 10th November

Exploring natural dyeing techniques to create a variety of colours and effects on silk and wool. Create a variety of colour samples and some fabric to use in a textile project such as a scarf or cushion. We will also do some bundle dyeing, a technique involving binding and steaming the fabric to produce patterns and prints.

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). 

We will also create strong, vivid colours using traditional dye plants such as madder and weld. These plants have been used for thousands of years to colour the textiles of our ancestors all around the world. 

We will apply simple shibori resist techniques using clamps, wood blocks, and string to create patterns on the fabric.

Come to the indigo dyeing day on the Sunday. On this day, we will be learning how to make and dye with an indigo dye vat to make beautiful pure blues. We will also be expanding our colour range by over dyeing to create purples, greens, and browns.

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. £160 for the Saturday and the Indigo Workshop on the Sunday

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!