10am-4pm, At The Tallet Studios, Calmsden, Cirencester, GL7 5ET
Saturday 10th November, Saturday 12th January, Saturday 16th February
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.
10am-4pm, at The Tallet, Calmsden, Cirencester, GL7 5ET
Sunday 11th November, Sunday 13th January, Sunday 17h February
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.
If you come on the Saturday, bring your dyed fabric back to over dye to create greens, purples, and browns.
Please bring a packed-lunch. Cost: £85, including a length of organic cotton. I am open to skill shares and exchanges.
If it is full up, I do sometimes have cancellations, so it is worth adding your name to the waiting list.