Ecodyeing - a full day introduction to leaves, rust, heat and fabric alchemy!

Ecodyeing: Laying out blackberry, fern and red onion leaves.


Eco-dyeing- sometimes known as Botanical Printing. Learn how leaves like oak, maple, sycamore, rose and blackberry can successfully, under certain conditions, release colour onto natural fabrics with the use of tight bundling, heat and a bit of chemistry. Subtle or well defined prints can be achieved providing beautiful tones and delicate textural marks. You will take home samples of dyed silk and wool fabrics, and a dyed habotai silk hemmed scarf.

This a full day course in order to fit in all of the basic skills required to achieve good results for yourselves at home. We look at preparing fabric, collecting and storing the best leaves for this process, the role of mordants, layout and design options, successful bundling of fabric and leaves, the cooking process, and aftercare of your projects. If there is time, we may be able to create prints on paper too.

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 the Maker' function on this page.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All sample fabrics. All equipment and plant material is provided. Two plain silk hemmed scarves. 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!


Judy Preston at Judy P. dye - print - weave


17, Haselor Rd
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B73 5DW

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners


7 hours (flexible times to suit)

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In-person course
Sally Wheal - - #35260

We spent a really inspiring day with Judy, her teaching style is really relaxed but she is very knowledgable and covers so much in a day, as well as being an excellent host. She explained everything really clearly and provided excellent handouts after the course. We are really excited to do more and left feeling confident that we could have a go ourselves. The results were amazing and we were thrilled with what we made. Would definitely recommend this course.

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Veronica Blake - - #34746

Judy's a great teacher who gave her all to the workshop, even running overtime. A wonderful learning experience eco printing on wool & silk.
Would highly recommend

Response from Judy P. dye - print - weave:

Thanks Veronica, I am glad that you enjoyed the day. And lovely to meet your little dog Banjo!

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Rachel Frost - - #34321

Judy is warm and friendly and an excellent teacher. The day was well prepared and I had a great time experimenting under her watchful, expert eye. I took away two printed silk scarves which I will enjoy using and a couple of fabric samples which I know I can sew into something useful. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone who wants to try something a bit different, learn a new skill and have a fun day out.

Response from Judy P. dye - print - weave:

I am really glad that you enjoyed the day Rachel and that you liked the results. Your choice of lengthwise fold for the silk scarves was great, and reminded me to use that design myself. I hope that you keep going with ecodyeing techniques.

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Karin mann - - #33372

I thoroughly enjoyed the day with Judy. You are an excellent teacher and I felt I learnt a great deal. I came away with lots of beautiful samples and scarves.I will definately be interested in a follow up course. Thank you.

Response from Judy P. dye - print - weave:

Hi Karin, Im really pleased that you enjoyed the course. Beautiful results!

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Helen Mitchell - - #33310

This was an excellent workshop. Great value for money....I felt like I came away with so many useful pieces of fabric, a silk scarf, and another length of silk that could be finished into a scarf. The weather was beautiful, and it was a brilliant day. And this is definitely something I will be doing from home....started searching on line for the things I will need so I can make a start. Thanks Judy....can’t wait to get started on my new craft

Response from Judy P. dye - print - weave:

Thanks Helen, I’m really glad you got such a lot out of the workshop. You were an enthusiastic learner and produced lovely work.

In-person course
Helen P Lane - - #29098

This was a fantastic day from start to finish. Judy was very generous with her time, knowledge, materials and of course her delicious home made butternut squash soup.
She showed us lots of samples and clearly explained techniques to help us make decisions on how we placed foliage, if we used an iron blanket and lots more. We came away with several large samples, a silk scarf and a set of gorgeous papers.
I can't think of anything to improve the workshop. We really enjoyed our day at Judy's home. I have lots to think about and experiment with at home. Thanks for a brill day.

Response from Judy P. dye - print - weave:

Thanks Helen, I was beginning to think I might change it to Leek and Potato soup. Glad you enjoyed the day. Hope to see you again soon.

In-person course
Helen Newton - - #26866

Judy's day workshop was so full of exciting things. There was such a lot to learn and Judy had so much information to impart that the day went by very quickly. We had lots of fun and every minute was filled so we really got our money's worth. After foraging in Judy's garden for a variety of leaves and twigs we started working on silk samples, and the ones that we produced were all different but pleasingly successful for a first attempt. After a delicious lunch of home made soup and bread we then went on to print on silk scarves which was great fun. I was very happy with the pieces that I made and can't wait until Spring, when I can try to use these techniques at home. Thank you Judy for giving me the bug.

Response from Judy P. dye - print - weave:

Thanks for your review Helen, and I'm glad you enjoyed the experience. It was indeed a busy day. You produced some lovely work as did the other students, and I do hope that you set up at home in the spring. I would love to know how you get on.

In-person course
Tony Linde - - #24785

This was an excellent introduction to ecodyeing with a huge amount of information and production packed into the day. Judy's approach, going from working on small samples up to full size scarves, was perfect. First time I've come back from a course with the family loving everything I'd produced! My daughter is already sourcing equipment for me.
Lovely lunch too!

Response from Judy P. dye - print - weave:

So glad that you enjoyed the course Tony, it was a pleasure to work with you all. You are right, a lot is packed into the day. And I do hope that you get everything set up to start doing this at home - that’s what I really hope students will do. Keep me posted.

In-person course
Debs Munford - - #24784

I did the workshop yesterday and what a lovely farewell to summer. Judy is an excellent tutor, friendly and very knowledgeable. She went though the whole process in detail offering advice and encouragement throughout. We all produced a range of different samples on silk, wool and paper and were very pleased with the results.
Would definitely recommend, thanks Judy for a lovely day.

Response from Judy P. dye - print - weave:

Thankyou Debs for your comments. Very glad that you enjoyed the day. I do hope that you set it up in your studio and find the space to carry on with ecodyeing.

In-person course
Mandy Benton - - #23488

I really enjoyed this course - Judy is knowledgeable and passionate about the processes involved. As a complete novice, I was not sure what to expect from my finished pieces, but was absolutely delighted with the results!

In-person course
Erika Steinvorth - - #23485

I highly recommend this course. Judy has a great way of sharing her knowledge and still gives you the space to explore your own ideas. The end results are excellent!

In-person course
Nadine Tabberer - - #23478

Judy is a great teacher. She is extremely knowledgeable and I learnt a lot. I loved the final results. It was really exciting when we unwrapped our fabrics to see what we’d produced. Our samples were gorgeous.

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