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Introduction to botanical [“eco”] printing

Silk scarf printed with onion skins

About the Course

A fascinating introduction to Botanical, or “Eco” Printing at the inspirational Eco Pod at Park View4U, Lytham in Lancashire. The course 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 go foraging for leaves with Maggie in the park and local woodlands, learn the principles of botanical contact ["Eco"] printing, and print some samples, a silk scarf and a stack of paper prints in a wonderfully restful setting.

You can bring your own lunch or buy it at the Park View cafe.

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 course materials, tea and coffee throughout the day.


Maggie Pearson at By Maggie .. Naturally
The Eco Pod, QEII Park View Playing Fields
Park View Road
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  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users

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6 hours, 10.30pm - 4.30pm

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In-person course
- - #28233

This was a fabulous day with Maggie.
All the processes were clearly explained and questions expertly answered.
The workshop was delivered in a relaxed and encouraging way and was an ideal introduction to “Eco” printing.
The results given by the onion skins on the silk scarves were lovely.
Would like to book another to develop my knowledge of the subject.
Highly recommended

Response from By Maggie .. Naturally:

Thank you, Gillian, for your very positive review. I'm really glad that you got so much out of the day. I hope that you'll book onto one of my follow-up courses.. I'll keep you updated about them as promised. Enjoy experimenting.. I'm sure you will! Best wishes, Maggie

In-person course
- - #27205

I really loved the course. Maggie explained the processes really well. It was great to gather the leaves for our work from the beautiful grounds at Speke and then to go back and roll them on a piece of silk round a copper tube and boil them to make a beautiful scarf (beginner’s luck!). I travelled from London with two friends to do the course and it was well worth the trip.

Response from By Maggie .. Naturally:

Sandra, thank you very much. Im glad you had such a great weekend.. your scarf was beautiful. come back with your chums for another weekend sometime, for the Improvers Course!

In-person course
- - #25750

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.

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 😊

In-person course
- - #23903

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.

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

In-person course
- - #23790

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.

Response from By Maggie .. Naturally:

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

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