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Natural printing and eco dyeing courses and workshops all across the UK. Learn how to use natural plants (botanical dyes) and materials to create and transfer beautiful natural forms, colours and patterns onto paper, card and silk, by means of a dye bath or steam. Create beautiful orange and yellows from onion skins, turmeric, chamomile and golden rod, red from madder and St. John's Wort and blue from woad (ideal for indigo dyeing and batik).

Next course on 30th June 2018
Come and join for our week-long or 5 day Natural Dyeing and Hand-Spinning course. We are located in a beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands. Participants spend their first few days foraging for Highland dye plants and making botanical dyes in our woodland clearing. We make our dyes outdoors over fires the traditional way, dyeing our own and local Shetland fleece ready to spin. We have our own small flock of Shetland sheep, which Alex...
Next course on 13th May 2018
Learn the techniques of indigo dyeing and Shibori at this creative craft workshop in West Wales - three days of tuition with Cath Lewis. The workshop will take place at Ystrad Farm, Brechfa. Over the three days you will learn to make up the indigo dye bath as well as learning tying, pleating and folding techniques. We will then dye a whole load of lovely fabrics. Day 1: Cath will introduce you to indigo dyeing;...
NATURAL DYEING USING WOODLAND PLANTS At Coppicewood College, Cilgerran. This one day course is an introduction to natural dyeing using plants from the woods. We will start by exploring and collecting materials. Then we take them to the woodland workshop and dye samples on yarn, fleece and fabric. There will be explanations as we go along and notes to take home. A relaxed day out in a lovely setting. Please wear sensible shoes or boots....
We teach Natural Dyeing the traditional way as well as Eco-printing directly onto fabric. You can join us for a weekend of dyeing fleece, silk and cotton outdoors over outdoor fires, or a weekend printing on paper, cotton and silk with flowers and leaves. Our courses are run from Crochail woods in the Highlands of Scotland, in a beautiful area just up the road from Loch Ness. Over a weekend you can learn about and...
This workshop is an introduction to natural dyeing and the many suitable plants that can be grown in the garden. Some are specific dye plants such as madder which yields lovely reds and corals and others are commonly found. We will look at the Dye garden at the Museum and create a range of coloured samples on wool yarn and fleece. You will learn about all the processes as we go along. Susan is a...
Use a variety of resist techniques and an indigo dye vat to make exciting surface patterns on cotton fabric. Make a fabric stash suitable for further textile experiments, stitching, quilting, cushion covers, bags and other craft items. Options to dye upcycled tee shirts, other white cotton items, scarf blanks and fat quarters. The aim of this course is to provide you with the skills to: • Use a variety of resist techniques including folding, clamping,...
You will learn the basics of how to prepare and maintain an Indigo dye vat. We will use 2 different Indigo vats, a Fructose and an Iron vat as well as Saxon Blue liquid Indigo. You will also learn how to prepare mordants for use with cottons and silks. You will have the opportunity to dye linen, cotton and silk fabrics with the Indigo vats. The workshop will also include a few other natural dye...
Forage for local, seasonal dye plants for the vat along with beautiful shaped and textured flora for eco-printing on to paper and fabric. Eco-printing is a wonderful technique that records the unique signature of a leaf or flower creating a lasting record of a time and place. During this one day event you will eco-print a pure silk cushion to take away with you along with additional paper samples that can be made into a...
Next course on 12th May 2018
Come and join us in the Highlands of Scotland to get really immersed in traditional wool crafts. We run our Fleece to Felt week in May, our Dye to Spin weeks in July and August and our Craft retreat in September. We start our May and July weeks by shearing one of our Shetland sheep and washing and sorting fleeces. We go on to picking dye plants, making natural dyes and dyeing our fleece over...