Dye Flora Plant Dyes on Cellulose Fibres Workshop


Duration: 7.5 hours

Price: £120

Run by: Paivi Suomi
at Paivatar Yarns

+447540277705

22 Ferry Drive
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 8GJ

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About the Course

You will learn the basics of how to dye linen, cotton and other cellulose fabrics and yarns with traditional and locally sourced plant dyes. Cellulose fibres require different preparation and mordanting processes than wool and protein fibres. These take longer to prepare and are slower to dye so this workshop is slightly longer in length than some of my other workshops.
This plant dye course is designed for the beginner.
The workshop will include dyes such as Madder (oranges and pinks) Weld (yellow) and Indigo (blue) as well as other plant dyes (birch bark, elderberry, alkanet, lichen) and other dye plants that are in season and have been sourced locally. We will cover information about how to safely use different mordants suitable for plant fibres, how to collect local dye plants and how to prepare a mordant and plant dye bath.

We will cover some Shibori resist dye methods using traditional Japanese knotting and stitching techniques for adding additional patterning to the dyed fabrics. You will go away with a plant dyed cotton scarf, a plant dyed market bag and several dye samples of linen and cotton fabrics and yarns.

I supply all dyes, mordants and course materials.
Please do not ask to bring along your own fabrics.

Tea, coffee and a light snack will be provided.

Course length: approx. 7.5 hours
Time: 9:30 am - 5 pm

Course Fee: £90
Materials Fee: £30
Total Cost: £120
2 people £175

I have a small studio space and work with small size dye pots so can only accomodate up to 2 participants at a time.
If you wish to learn about dyeing wool and protein fibres using plant dyes, please enquire about my other workshops.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All dyes and course materials will be provided.
Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided. Please bring along a packed lunch.



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Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


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