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Natural plant dyes on linen and cotton workshop - 1 to 1 instruction

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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.

Please note:
Since I recently had cancer and my immune system is compromised, I am suspending workshops until the current Corona Virus outbreak has settled. If you have contacted me regarding workshops, I will keep you informed of when I will be offering workshops again. Your understanding in this is appreciated.

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.

I have a small studio space and work with small size dye pots. I prefer to teach one to one workshops only so that I can provide individual instruction. If you wish to learn about dyeing wool and protein fibres using plant dyes, please enquire about my other workshops.

Please Note:
Since I was diagnosed with breast cancer several months ago, I have had to reduce the number of workshops that I can provide per month. I am doing better health wise now, but have to be careful not to take on too much at once.
I have a waiting list of those who have enquired about workshops. Your understanding and patience is appreciated.

I usually schedule workshops for Mondays or Tuesdays. If you are only available on the weekend, please let me know and I will try to arrange a suitable time for you.
Please provide contact information - email address and mobile phone number if possible so that I can contact you regarding workshop details.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the 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.
Course Fee: £150
Materials Fee: £25
Total Cost: £175
Concessionary fee for Students: £150


Paivi Suomi at Paivatar Yarns
22 Ferry Drive
West Sussex
PO19 8GJ
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