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Ecodyeing - an introduction to leaves, rust, heat and fabric alchemy!

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

About the Course

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 and paper 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, dyed paper and a dyed habotai 8 silk hemmed scarf.
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.

I am also flexible and can consider weekday or weekend classes on request.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All sample fabrics and paper. All equipment and plant material is provided. One Habotai 8 silk hemmed scarf. Additional silk scarves for dyeing may be purchased if desired. Tea/coffee and water. Light lunch of home made soup and bread. Cake.


Judy Preston at Judy P. dye - print - weave
17, Haselor Rd
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B73 5DW
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- - #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.

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- - #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.

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- - #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.

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- - #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.

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- - #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!

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- - #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!

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- - #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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