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Core Skills in Natural Fabric Dyeing

Core Skills in Natural Fabric Dyeing

Duration: 1 day 10am - 4pm

Price: £75

Contact: Justine Aldersey-Williams at The Wild Dyery

The Wild Dyery
Wood St
Hoylake, Wirral
CH47 2DU

Course Start Dates

Saturday 21st November 2020

About the Course

Discover sustainable, environmentally friendly ways to beautifully pattern fabric using ancient techniques and plant dyes. Indigo, Madder and Weld are the oldest known dyes which can create a full spectrum of colours when combined. Shibori is a refined form of tie-dye originating in Japan and used to create intricate patterns. These are created by clamping, tying, stitching, wrapping, folding and binding fabric before dyeing.

In this one day workshop we will explore the fascinating history of natural dyes, from indigo's use as war paint for spiritual protection by the Celts to the influence sustainable materials are having on the fashion industry today. You will be introduced to three traditional plant dyes and will try four Shibori resist techniques. You will be taught tried and tested, age-old techniques, helping to revive this ancient heritage craft and will discover 'the secret' to colour/lightfastness and the difference between a stain and a dye.

You will leave with your own rainbow of fabric samples displayed in a folding swatch book, 4 different indigo shibori pattern samples and a patterned and dyed silk scarf.

You will be provided with a comprehensive workshop manual and will have the chance to purchase your own indigo dye kit for use at home.

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About The Wild Dyery...
The Wild Dyery is a textile design and training company founded by natural dyer and teacher, Justine Aldersey-Williams. We pattern ethically sourced cloth by hand at our studio in Hoylake, Wirral, England, using traditional resist techniques including shibori, block printing and screen printing. Our textiles are then dyed using flowers, bark, roots and leaves, imbuing the fabric with resonant colour and an ethical provenance. We create a range of home textiles, ‘dye it yourself’ kits and accessories which sell online, at craft events and through retailers. Our products, workshops and e courses aim to help preserve this heritage craft whilst promoting sustainable eco-textiles. We also showcase the work of other artists and makers using heritage, sustainable or upcycled materials and offer a variety of guest workshops in natural crafts.

About Your Teacher...
Justine Aldersey-Williams is the designer, maker and owner of The Wild Dyery. She hand-dyes all items and teaches both live and online courses in sustainable fabric dyeing techniques. Justine qualified as a teacher in 1998 and has since taught extensively to schools, universities and crafts groups. She completed an MA in 2013 and has exhibited her work at New Designers, Indigo Paris and Rio. She lives on the Wirral peninsula in England with her husband and two teenage children and is also a yoga teacher.

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What's included in the price?

Included in the workshop:-

* comprehensive workshop manual
* 6 pre-scoured, pre-mordanted silk samples
* 4 cotton samples
* 1 pre-scoured, pre-mordanted habotai 8 silk scarf
* cartridge paper to make swatch book
* light refreshments

Optional extras available on the day:

* indigo dye kit

Want to review this course?

This workshop was great, very comprehensive, informative and hands-on, with loads of information and samples to take away. We learned lots about the history of dyeing using plant extracts, and Justine introduced us to so many different dye and modification techniques. We left with all the knowledge necessary to continue practicing at home, a handmade booklet with a rainbow of swatches and a wonderful silk shibori scarf. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in textiles and sustainability, it was fantastic!

- - #6476

Had a great day. Lots of information well presented and lots of hands on experience.

- - #6471

Had great fun doing the eco dying course. Justine takes you through all the tricks of the trade necessary to ensure successful dying. The colours produced are just beautiful and we all came home with a good selection of dyed samples as well as a silk scarf.

- - #6469

I was lucky enough to attend this beautiful course during the summer. It is quite remarkable how much ground we covered, from total novices to creating our own eco spectrum using only plants. To then dye our own scarves really was the icing on the cake. I highly recommend this course and will definitely be attending more Wild Dyery courses.

- - #6466

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