Colour from Plants - An Introduction to Natural Dyeing



During the day-long workshop, we’ll prepare samples of yarn and cloth for dyeing in three different dye baths, and also learn how the range of colours we obtain can be extended through modifiers. You will learn about mordants and how and when to use them, and see the difference they make to a dye colour. You’ll learn how to prepare a dye bath and dye your samples so that you achieve the best colour saturation and even dye coverage. We will then look at how modifiers can extend the spectrum of colours achieved from a dye bath and provide a range of toning colours. We’ll also discuss record keeping, foraging for natural dye materials, as well as growing your own. By the end of the day, you’ll have a range of samples that you can use either to start your own natural dye sample book or use in your own textile projects. You’ll also be ready to set up your own dye kitchen and continue experimenting with natural dyes! Kendall is an experienced natural dyer who trained under author and expert Jenny Dean. Places limited to 4 people. Minimum two students needed for the workshop to run.

What's included in the price?

All plant materials will be provided, as well as a variety of sample yarns and fabrics to work with. Please bring a notebook, apron and a plastic bag to carry your samples home in - they may still be damp.


6 hours

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts



Kendall Clarke

with Craft Courses since 2023

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Kendall is a woven textile artist whose work has been exhibited widely, including in the US, Japan and the UK. She has won numerous awards and prizes for her finely-made and inventive work. Her process is materials-led and experimental, and she has a particular interest in paper and paper-like yarns. Her work is informed by a subtle aesthetic, influenced by the simple beauty of Japanese crafts. Kendall is also an experienced natural dyer and creates her own unique colours from natural sources.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
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