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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).

£600
Highlands - 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...
£435
Carmarthenshire - 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;...
£60
Pembrokeshire
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....
£150
Highlands
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...
£55
Carmarthenshire
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...
£55
West Sussex
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,...
£75
West Sussex
Learn how to create your own unique colours using 3 prime colours. You will learn how to use environmentally friendly acid (vinegar) based dyes and how to mix colours to get the shade that you want. In this workshop we will work with the 3 prime colours, Magenta, Yellow and Cyan, and 2 'worker' colours of Red and Blue to create 50 new shades of colour. Each dye bath is different, so every colour produced...
£50
Gwent - Next course on 12th May 2018
Learn how to create cyanotype prints – the original Victorian blue print. Taking inspiration from the garden and hedgerows around the farm, you’ll use seasonal plants and flowers to produce original prints. All materials for producing a print will be provided on the day or foraged from our edible garden. If you have some flowers or leaves from your own garden or other interesting shaped items that you would like to work with, do bring...
£100
West Sussex
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...
£60
Merseyside
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...