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Natural botanical dyeing course - Foraging for Natural dye onboard a narrowboat

Duration: 3 hours

Price: £55

Run by: Sophie
at A boat full of wool


Car Park Kennet and Avon canal, Kintbury Mill
Station Road
RG17 9UN

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About the Course

Set onboard a unique venue of a narrowboat - floating on the idyllic Kennet and Avon canal, Immerse yourself into the slow pace of life and delve in the historic tradition of natural dyeing combined with elements of modern botanical dyeing.

Sophie will meet you in arranged meeting point and from there you will go for a short walk along the tow path to forage dye materials for the dye pots. Back at her narrowboat studio you will learn how to pretreat your fabric naturally using a typical method used in most modern botanical dyeing, make dyes from foraged material from the tow path and the history and process that goes into natural dyeing today.

You will also use ready made up dyes foraged by Sophie so we can gain maximum colour result. You will dye mini samples of fabric from each dye pot and will get to choose to dye 1 item to take away with you. You will have a choice to dye either a silk scarf or a mini skein of yarn. The workshop will give you enough knowledge to go away and continue your natural dyeing journey at home.

What will the course cover:
- How to forage and ID correct dye material for the dye pot
- What different dye materials can be used
- Tannin rich dyes
- How to pretreat your fabric/yarn naturally
- Brief History
- How to make your dye
-How to dye your fabric/yarn
- How to alter dyes to make different colours
- Dye projects
- After care

The workshop will run from 9:30am till around 1PM.

The workshop includes mini samples, a choice of item to dye, botanical refreshments and all content sheets and info to take away.

Private workshops available the same cost of £55pp for 3 or more people.

TO BOOK: Please contact me via this page and I will assist you further :)
Please enquire for dates.

I will also be running:

Natural dyeing with food waste

Learn how to dye with food waste from your kitchen to create beautiful botanical dyes. In this day workshop we will dye pretreated fabric using food waste dyes. You will learn how to make the dyes, pretreat fabric naturally, the history of dyeing and the process to natural botanical dyeing. You will go away with enough knowledge to start natural dyeing in your own home.

You can dye 1 chosen item fro either a silk scarf or mini skein to dye on the day along with mini fabric samples of each dye.
The workshop includes all materials, botanical refreshments and content sheets to take away.

Please enquire for dates.

Additional info:
A deposit is required on booking. Spaces are non refundable up to 3 days before event.
Bare in mind that there will be a short walk from your car to the moored boats location please consider foot ware according to weather.
Any questions drop me an email!
Pets live onboard. Please notify me of any allergies upon booking. Any questions I’m more than happy to help!

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

What's included in the price?

Includes materials, content sheets and botanical refreshments.

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Course Start Dates

Friday 10th May 2019

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Teen friendly

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