In-person course
in Birmingham

Ecodyeing with Natural Dyes and Indigo. An Intermediate Course.

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Description

This course is designed as a follow up to the full day Introductory Eco Dye Course that I teach. The use of natural dyes or Indigo can enhance the natural colour of the leaves and ofcourse the fabric itself. You will learn * how to mordant silk with alum, and mordant cotton with Aluminum Acetate * how to add iron mordant * how to combine ecodyeining with dye blankets that act as the carrier of the colour. I use logwood, cochineal, or madder and whatever dye plant is growing in my dye garden at the time of the course. * You will learn how to combine indigo dye with eco-printing * and finally learn how combining iron mordant with a tannin produces lovely shades of blue and grey to enhance the ecodye prints. You will take home samples of dyed silk and cotton fabrics and you may choose to purchase extra silk (hemmed silk scarves) to dye if you wish. This a full day course in order to fit in all of these intermediate skills required to achieve good results for yourselves at home. It is necessary that you have completed an introductory course with myself or elsewhere to ensure that you are familiar with the basic techniques of bundling, leaf collection, and the cooking techniques. As with the Introductory Course I offer a one hour zoom follow up to answer further questions/problem solve and admire your new work. Whether you want a relaxing creative day or you want to learn the basic techniques to try out at home - this one day workshop will help you to achieve successful and reliable results. Please note: if these dates do not suit you, I am also flexible and can consider weekday, 1:1 or weekend classes on request. Just use the 'chat with maker' function on this page.

What's included in the price?

All samples of silk and paper. All equipment and plant material is provided. Additional silk scarves for dyeing may be purchased if desired. A comprehensive e-handout of the techniques used in the workshop. One individual follow up Q&A on zoom to share results completed at home with problem solving and advice. Tea /coffee and water all day. And Cake!

Duration

7 hours (flexible times to suit)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts

Maker


I am a Weaver, Printmaker, Felt maker and Dyer living and making in the West Midlands. I practice and I teach. I have learnt from some of the most generous of makers/teachers and I hope that their good practice and generosity shines through in my teaching too. I love learning from students and from fellow makers in my neighbourhood. I am the founding member of Made in Boldmere.

Venue

17, Haselor Rd, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, West Midlands, B73 5DW

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Public transport
  • Intermediate level
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Weekends
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