On this taster day you will learn the basics of plant dyeing on cotton and silk fabrics and yarn and wool fibre tops. We will start by a tour of my dye garden where I teach and talk about dye plants. The day will be structured to include ** the process of fibre preparation, the use and preparation of mordants to ensure long-lasting colour. ** Preparing at least one fresh dye vat with a seasonal dye plant along with avocado dye, purchased dye extracts, and an indigo vat ** how to shift colour after dyeing ** How to record as you work ** After care and storage You will take home a colorful range of samples, and I hope, an eagerness to experiment further at home. Judy will share lots of samples of her own work to illustrate how she uses natural dyeing in her own textile work.

What's included in the price?

Fabrics, small skeins of wool, all plant material. Drinks through the day and cake.


7 hours

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


I am a Weaver, Printmaker, Felt maker and Dyer living and making in the West Midlands. I practice and I teach. I have learnt from some of the most generous of makers/teachers and I hope that their good practice and generosity shines through in my teaching too. I love learning from students and from fellow makers in my neighbourhood. I am the founding member of Made in Boldmere.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Suitable for beginners
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17, Haselor Rd, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, West Midlands, B73 5DW