About the Course
This course covers dyeing with plant and insect materials and will include an indigo vat. We will explore dyeing wool yarn with yellow and red and investigate the creation of fast greens and purples by over-dyeing with the blues from indigo and possibly woad (dependent on the growing conditions). We will use printing paste on natural fabrics using blocks, and shibori for tied or clamped effects.
By the end of the course you will have a range of dyed yarns and fabrics, full instructions on how we achieved them and recipes for the various dyes and assistants we have used. The yarns will be wool, the fabrics silk, cotton velvet and ramie or hemp. The fabric pieces will be 20cm x 20cm, and can be stitched together to make a larger item, or kept as reference material for future projects.
Please wear old clothes or an apron, not forgetting your shoes – indigo can drip! Bring a disposable dust mask, rubber gloves, a notebook and pen. Please bring a plastic bag (or a waterproof alternative) to transport your wool at the end of the weekend (it may still be wet!).
Course Leader - Jane Deane
Jane Deane is a textile designer and tutor, working with fibre, yarn and dyes. A member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen she has been spinning for over 40 years and has a particular love of natural fibres. She has taught widely in the UK and abroad and is co-author of Creative Spinning (Octopus, 2007), as well as articles in textile publications. A qualified teacher, she has been using, studying and teaching dyeing with natural dyes for many years, both in the UK and abroad.
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What's included in the price?
All materials will be provided, but please wear old clothes and bring an apron and rubber gloves.
Organic lunches will be provided in the Old Dairy Kitchen each day.
Accommodation is available in our eco-guesthouse on the farm if required.
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