Eco Colour: Natural Fabric Dyeing with Heritage Plants


Duration: 1 day 10am - 4pm

Price: £60

Run by: Justine Aldersey-Williams
at The Wild Dyery

07403 141 537

The Wild Dyery
Hoylake Parade Community Centre
Hoylake
Wirral
Merseyside
CH47 3AG

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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, tieing, 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. If there's time you can also bring your own un-dyed textile item or an old item of clothing to revive in the dye vats.

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.

The £60 fee includes ALL materials

N.B. To book online now please visit the website

Only 14 places available for each event so early booking is advisable

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?

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:

* tea towel, silk scarf or tote bag
* 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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Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


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