Natural Plant Dyes on Linen and Cotton Workshop - 1 to 1 Instruction


Duration: 10 - 5 pm / 7 hours

Price: £175

Run by: Paivi Suomi
at Paivatar Yarns

+447540277705

22 Ferry Drive
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 8GJ

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About the Course

You will learn the basics of how to dye linen, cotton and other cellulose fabrics and yarns with traditional and locally sourced natural plant dyes. Cellulose fibres require different preparation and mordanting processes than wool and protein fibres. These take longer to prepare and are slower to dye so this workshop is slightly longer in length than some of my other workshops.

This course is designed for the beginner and will include dyes such as Madder (oranges and pinks) Weld (yellow) and Indigo (blue) as well as other plant dyes (birch bark, elderberry, alkanet, lichen) and other dye plants that are in season and have been sourced locally. We will cover information about how to safely use different mordants suitable for plant fibres, how to collect local dye plants and how to prepare a mordant and plant dye bath. You will also learn how to mix and blend colours to create your own natural dye palette from a few natural dyes.

You will go away with a plant dyed cotton scarf or towel, a plant dyed market bag and several dye samples of linen and cotton fabrics and yarns. Please do not ask to bring along your own fabrics.

Course Fee: £150
Materials Fee: £25
Total Cost: £175

2 people £285
Students: £150

I have a small studio space and work with small size dye pots so can only accommodate up to 2 participants at a time. If you wish to learn about dyeing wool and protein fibres using plant dyes, please enquire about my other workshops.

Please note: Due to recent illness, Dye Courses will resume in January.

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?

All dyes and course materials will be provided.
Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided. Please bring along a packed lunch.



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