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Introduction to botanical [“eco”] printing

Silk scarf printed with onion skins

Duration: 6 hours, 10.30pm - 4.30pm

Price: £70

Book with: Maggie Pearson
at By Maggie .. Naturally

Speke Hall
The Walk, Speke
Liverpool
Merseyside
L24 1XD

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About the Course

A fascinating introduction to Botanical, or “Eco” Printing at a wonderful Tudor half timbered National Trust property, Speke Hall, in South Liverpool. The courses will be led by Maggie Pearson, a Liverpool-based textile artist, who designs and makes unique textiles and papers, printing them naturally with plants which are bound tightly with natural fibres [silk, wool, cotton, paper] and simmered in a dye bath or steamed over hot water to extract the plant pigments and produce a print.

You will have the chance to print a silk scarf, a stack of paper prints and a tote bag or a piece of cotton cloth, in a wonderfully restful and historical setting.

You will also be able to join guided walk in the grounds with Maggie and Speke Hall's Head Ranger, who will discuss the printing and dyeing properties of the plants.

You can bring your own lunch or buy it at Speke Hall's cafe.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Free entrance to the National Trust grounds, all course materials, tea and coffee throughout the day, and a guided walk in grounds with Speke Hall's Head Ranger.



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Excellent course with a very friendly instructor with years of experience who is so happy to share her knowledge with each participant. Great fun too! I love my new scarf--and sharing the story of how I made it.

- - #25750

Response from By Maggie .. Naturally:

Thank you Melina. It was a real pleasure to work with you, and see how you brought your own artistic practice to bear on the workshop and the creation of your glorious scarf. Best wishes Maggie 😊

A lovely evening in a beautiful setting.
The course was very good and well organised. Maggie explained and demonstrated the methods clearly and methodically. I love the scarf I made and I’m planning to frame some of my leaf prints on paper. I am keen to develop what I learned. Thank you Maggie.

- - #23903

Response from By Maggie .. Naturally:

Thank you Pat. So glad you enjoyed it and decided to keep the scarf for yourself. Your paper prints are wonderful. xx

Really enjoyed this introduction to botanical printing in the absolutely beautiful setting of the Palm House. The processes used were explained clearly and although this was quite a short workshop we were able to produce not just a very pretty silk scarf but a whole bundle of paper prints suitable for making into cards or framing.

- - #23790

Response from By Maggie .. Naturally:

Thank you Diana. Really delighted that you enjoyed it so much. Maggie

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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


  • Disabled access
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends

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