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Introduction To Natural Dyes For Textiles

Duration: One day

Price: £95

Contact: Flora Arbuthnott at Plants & Colour

Plants and Colour, 12
Coombe Park, Ashprington

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

About the Course

Exploring natural dyeing techniques to create a variety of colours and effects on silk and wool. Create a variety of colour samples and some fabric to use in a textile project such as a scarf or cushion.

This is an introduction to processes through which you can achieve colours from plants that grow all around us. Such as gorse, nettles, walnut, onion skins, dandelion, oak. We will look at what natural dye plants are available to us in the landscape.. These are softer earthy colours - the colours of our land. We will be using non-toxic plant mordants - tannin, natural acid, and symplocos (an alternative to alum).

We will also create strong, vivid colours using traditional dye plants such as madder and weld. These plants have been used for thousands of years to colour the textiles of our ancestors all around the world.

We will explore the use of over-dyeing and modifiers to expand our spectrum of colours. Including working with indigo and iron to create greens, purples, blacks, greys, and brown.

We will apply simple shibori resist techniques using clamps, wood blocks, and string to create patterns on the fabric.

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What's included in the price?

Materials, tea, coffee

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  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Other locations possible - tutor willing to travel
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Weekends
  • Wheelchair friendly