About the Course
Learn about Dyes, Shibori, and Resist techniques on natural fabrics. Have fun learning textile techniques in a friendly and supportive group environment. If you enjoy using colour, this the course for you. We will explore a variety of ways to shape, bind, tie, and resist fabrics before dyeing it- tied, bound, folded, clamped, capped, pole wrapped, stitched, and wax resist techniques.
Who is this course for
This course is suitable for beginners and those wanting to refresh or build on their textile skills. Students who have an interest in learning more about dyeing for personal projects, art, textiles and craft outcomes. You can use your fabrics to work creatively with print and stitch after the course, to make into small products, or for portfolio development.
What does this course cover
The tutor will inform you at the start of the course about different Dye types and their suitability for fibres and fabrics.
During the course we will be using materials and techniques that will be appropriate for you to continue with
after the course at a home studio. The course will focus on using Reactive cold water dyes to hand dye natural fabrics
Day 1 Introduction to colour, dyes, and fabric resist dyeing. Shibori tying, binding, folding techniques. Wax resist. Direct dye application, hand painting, 1 colour resist dyeing cotton and silk fabric samples
Day 2 Shibori Clamping, pole wrapping, stitch, capping, Mark making/ Wax resist. Dyeing 2 colours overlays
Day 3 Personal project development-2-3 colour dyeing, product/ art textile
Day 3 Final project development using your new skills - create a patterned/textured silk or chiffon scarf, art textile, samples 2-3 colour dyeing
During the course we will look at textile designs, historical references, World textiles for inspiration and discuss how resist pattern techniques are used in different parts of the world on cloth
What will it be like
During the course the tutor will give group demonstrations of dye and Shibori resist techniques,
and show the group fabric samples.
Handouts on resist techniques and dye recipes will be provided.
During the course we will look at textile designs, historical references, World textiles for inspiration and discuss how resist pattern techniques are used in different parts of the world on clothing and fabric
.Handouts on resist techniques and dye recipes, suppliers lists for dyes and fabrics will be provided.
Dyes and Shibori materials, fabrics for experimentation are available to use in class..
You will learn to follow a simple dye recipe, measure dyes and auxillaries on weighing scales,
Mix dyes to different intensities of colours to dye a range of fabrics.
You will be expected to work together collaboratively in small groups to share dye equipment to dye fabrics. You will be able to take your fabrics home at the end of the course
Please check any health concerns -inform the tutor at the start of the course if you have any health concerns that could be impacted working directly with dyestuffs eg: asthma, excema
How we assess your progress on the course:
Group discussions, looking at the progress of the work together at the end of each day
Q+A at the start of the sessions, to update on progress
121 conversations tutor and individual students during the classes
What else do you need to buy or do
A notebook/A5 sketchbook for notes, fabric swatches, sketches
A waterproof bag for taking home damp dyed fabrics at the end of sessions.
A stitch unpicker/ripper, fabric scissors.
Dyes can stain- bring Marigold gloves, apron -wear old clothes -you won't mind spilling dye on!
You can buy silk and cotton, muslin fabric pieces prepared for dyeing and printing from the tutor at the start of the sessions. We will be using lightweight undyed or white fabric: silk, cotton, muslin, felt viscose
Allow £5-10 max if you would like to buy fabric or a textile product (scarf) to dye in class during the course.
Dyes and materials for Shibori will be provided by the college for you to use.
You can bring in your own natural fabrics make sure it is undyed/natural or white 100% silk or cotton fabrics light weight fabrics which are easiest to shape and resist dye. Bring fabric pieces size 30-50cm max.
Ensure that you wash your fabric thoroughly before starting the course, to remove any starch/ finish that may affect dyeing the fabric evenly. Iron fabrics prior to dyeing.
NB: We will be dyeing smaller samples for textiles practice. It will not be possible to hand dye larger items such as garments, sheets, curtains in the dyebaths available for the course.
What this course could lead to
Textiles courses in Print and Dyeing, Creative Stitch, Patchwork, Colour, Clothes making, Soft Furnishings.
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