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Introduction to Bundle Dyeing

Natural Dyes

About the Course

Learn how to create beautiful patterns and prints on fabric using flowers, leaves, roots, and barks through a binding and steaming process. An overview of what natural dye plants you can grow in your garden or find in the hedgerow, working with processes that give strong and long-lasting colour.
Explore different mordants and modifiers you can make and use for a variety of effects. Over dyeing bundles with indigo to give more variety of colour, watching colours transform in the indigo dye vat.
We will make a series of sample pieces, exploring the effects of different dye plants, before creating some larger pieces at the end of the day.
No fancy equipment needed - everything you learn you will be able to do at home.
All materials included. 50cm width of silk, fabric samples, all the plants dyes mordants and modifiers you need.

Tutor Information
Flora Arbuthnott is a natural dyer, grower, and forager. Exploring the land through gathering wild dye plants, fungi, lichen, and algae, as well as growing plants to produce a variety of vibrant colours using non toxic plant based processes. Flora loves to be out on the land observing and learning from the wild plants that grow around us as well as growing her own.

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?

Includes tuition, all materials, three course hot/cold buffet lunch, refreshments.


Bookings team at Dillington House. Somerset County Council
Dillington House
TA19 9DT




1 day (9:00am to 4:30pm)

Next available date

28th February 2021

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Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users

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