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Dyeing courses

Dyeing courses, classes and workshops taught all across the UK. Dyeing is the age old process of adding colour to all types of textiles. Dyes can be natural, such as the orangey-red 'ochre' found in clay or onion skins, or man-made. One of the most abundant sources of dye is the plant kingdom. Roots, berries, bark, leaves and wood can all be used. Learning how to be creative with colours and fabric is a timeless and enjoyable skill. As a textile artist, it will open doors onto new realms of possibility! Would you like to learn how to dye fabric? Perhaps you have a dress or pair of trousers that needs a new lease of life? Come and join a dyeing course, workshop or group and open your eyes to the world of colour out there!

Cumbria - Next course on 13th June 2019
Shibori is the wonderful Japanese art of indigo resist dyeing. In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basics of Shibori inspired folding, binding, clamping and stitching techniques. Dipped in indigo, you will create your own stunning patterns on fabric that you can use to make your own unique summer cushion covers. The dye process is simple yet exciting and you’ll be amazed at the range of patterns that are unfolded and revealed. Experiment with...
In only one evening, you will be introduced to the foundations of silk painting. You will be guided through techniques and equipment to create your own beautiful, one-off silk paintings. You will learn the process of transferring designs onto the silk, using an outline and coloured dyes. You will go home with several sample pieces, and the creative knowledge to experiment further in your own time. Relax in our idyllic city farm unit. A therapeutic,...
County Durham
Come and learn the traditional art of marbling. You will get two hours to learn different ways to marble onto a number of different materials. You will marble greetings cards and a wooden bangle or silk handkerchief. You will create your own colour marbling bath which you can then dip your materials in to create unique patterns. You will create two baths in total and you will not be able to get them both the...
Learn the basics of this Japanese indigo tie-dye technique to create a unique piece of fabric. There are an infinite number of ways one can bind, stitch, fold, twist, or compress cloth for shibori, and each way results in very different patterns. Each method is used to achieve a certain result, but each method is also used to work in harmony with the type of cloth used.
This two hour spinning lesson is designed to give you a kick start into fibre processing. We cover the basics from raw fleece right through to finished yarn, you will learn how to distinguish a nice fleece from a bad one, how to wash and dry, carding or combing depending on fleece, spinning plying and setting yarn. We welcome new spinners, farmers, smallholders regular spinners that may have an issue, we are happy to design...
We meet every month on a Saturday, usually the 3rd Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. Over the last year the course has covered the following subjects: Spinning - basic spinning skills, design, colour blending in spinning, fancy yarns. Weaving - rigid heddle weaving, weaving on four shaft looms, design, tapestry, inkle braids. Dyeing - natural dye extracts, random dyeing with acid dyes and fibre reactive dyes. You can start at any time and come for...
Suffolk - Next course on 8th June 2019
Join us at our wonderful freestyle creative Painted Silk Workshop days, where you will be introduced to and learn the ancient and wonderful art of Shibori, along with other beautiful decorative techniques. In a relaxed and comfortable environment you will learn to mix colours, apply them freehand to create beautiful & unique works of Art. You will learn the skills of folding, tying and wrapping, gutta resist and salt surprises to produce practice pieces and...
Somerset - Next course on 8th June 2019
The course price includes 2.5 hours of guided tuition (2pm-4.30pm), use of all materials including dyes/fabric and you will be given your own clear workshop handout to take away with you. Shibori is a traditional Japanese methodology using indigo dye, folds and simple materials to create dramatic and bold pattern. The workshop will be focused on creating your own set of linen napkins and a larger piece of cotton based on which shibori technique you...
Learn how to dye with the ancient plant WOAD. First we will make dye vats using woad leaves and woad extract and then use them to create plain and patterned fabrics and yarn. You can try various tie dye shibori techniques and will have the opportunity to make your own unique silk scarf. Woad seeds will be available. This workshop takes place in the Education Room at the Wool Museum which is by the entrance...
Hertfordshire - Next course on 22nd June 2019
This workshop is taught by Lisa Reddings, Textile Designer, BA (Hons) Woven and Printed. With 20 years experience working in the fashion industry. Lisa now has a textile design business focused on hand-dyed and hand-crafted textiles. This workshop will be entering around making patterns using the ancient Japanese technique known as Shibori, followed by dyeing them in indigo dye. Techniques taught will include folding, clamping, twisting, stitching and tying fabric to create a resist once...