Natural Dye Workshop - Nottingham Trent University

Duration: Monday to Friday 10 am - 4 pm, one week

Price: £695

Run by: Linsey Richards
at Nottingham Trent University

0115 848 2813

Burton Street

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About the Course

Natural dye workshops are few and far between, and most deal primarily with the dyeing of wool yarns.

This course challenges this tradition by incorporating the dyeing of yarns with fabric design and product development.

Due to the technical nature of dyeing and the space available in our textile dye workshop this course is limited to six places.

Dyeing with natural plant dyes is the oldest form of fabric colouration and has recently been rising in popularity.

It's always had an established following in the folk and new age market, but the recent shift in demand for more natural and healthy alternatives has dramatically increased interest in this art.

This course will teach you the science and practical application of this subject.

It'll also show you how to engage with the network of those involved in eco fashion, ethical fashion, folk fashion and natural dye providers.

The ideal attendees are knitters and weavers as well as fashion and textile technicians, students and designer/makers.

Additionally, anyone interested in ethical and sustainable fashion and textiles who want to find an avenue to this market will be very welcome.

On this course you will:

learn about the most popular natural dyes such as madder, indigo and logwood, as well as lesser known fugitive dyes such as the use of blackberries, elderberries, nettles, lichens and various other fresh leaves and berries
learn about the low toxicity of natural dyes and their reputation as a healthy alternative to modern synthetic dyes
undertake simple processes that will allow you to dye at home or in the studio
be introduced to the varying techniques that have been recorded by dyers (and which have varying degrees of success)
learn about print techniques including tie dye, shibori, solar dyeing, anthotyping, screen printing and hapa zome, as well as printing using solutions of differing pH and modifiers.

What will you gain?

As well as leaving with samples of naturally dyed fabric and products in development, you'll have enough knowledge to source the paraphernalia needed in order continue.

You might also want to develop a business plan during the course. You might already have a fabric or yarn selling business, so this course would enable you to expand your range.

Click through above to book your place online.

Please note that if you have a CraftCourses gift voucher you would like to use as full or part payment of this course fee, the booking will need to be made via telephone (number above). If you have mobility issues, please let us know in advance so that we can be sure to accommodate your needs.

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?

25 hours of quality tuition with an experienced tutor, Monday to Friday from 10:00 - 16:00. Maximum class size: 6.

Modern accommodation is available a short walk from our studios and is available to those booked on to a summer school course for an additional fee. Accommodation can be booked online via the link above.

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Course Start Dates

Monday 13th August 2018

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