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



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. There is also a follow on workshops at Intermediate stage which introduce combining ecodyeing with Indigo or natural dyes. You can find those workshops on this website. Or Just use the 'chat with the Maker' function on this page.

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!


7 hours

Cancellation policy

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


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.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Weekends
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for all abilities
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17, Haselor Rd, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, West Midlands, B73 5DW