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Natural Dyeing Workshops:

Natural Dyeing With Plants - 2 day workshop - Beginners

For anyone who loves patchwork quilting, dressmaking, or creating unique textile art, this 2 day workshop will show you how to dye your own signature fabrics, using Australian native and garden plants.

Day 1

You will learn the basic techniques and safety procedures of natural dyeing and get plenty of practice in experimenting with different plant material, to see what colours and prints you can achieve in three different dye baths.

I will show you how to select plant material, set up a dye bath, pre-mordant your fabric, layout and prepare bundles ready for dyeing. During this process you will be guided in the practice of record keeping to give you a comprehensive portfolio of samples for future reference.

A materials kit will be provided, which will contain all the fabrics and fibres you need to use on the first day. This will also include a silk scarf for day 2.

Day 2

You will have the opportunity to extend your knowledge, experiment further and gain more confidence in the process.

Having left your bundles of fabric in the dye pots overnight on day 1, you will experience the excitement of opening them on day 2. You will be able to work with these samples, overdyeing and modifying them to create further colours and patterns.

These samples will help to inform the design for your scarf, which you will bundle and dye in the afternoon.

Natural Dyeing With Plants - 2 day workshop - Advanced

Having completed Natural Dyeing for beginners, this workshop will push you to explore more complex pattern and colour ways, incorporating resist stitching and found objects. This is your opportunity to dye larger pieces of fabric suitable for making a quilt or table runner.

Day 1

Use your knowledge and sample portfolio from the beginners’ workshop, together with new resist techniques, to design and dye a coordinating range of cotton, silk or wool fabrics, along with toning sewing threads, with which to create your project. Plan out your project for sewing the following week.

Day 2

Having unwrapped, laundered and ironed your fabrics from the previous week's session, begin to cut and piece together elements for your project. Embellish pieces with machine or hand stitch and start to assemble in the workshop and finish at home.

Note: This workshop is conducted over two consecutive Sundays.

Please email to request a workshop brochure and prices

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