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Introduction to natural dyeing

workshop

Introduction to natural dyeing

2 reviews
Duration
4 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English
workshop

Introduction to natural dyeing

workshop

Introduction to natural dyeing

2 reviews
Duration
4 hours
Group size
Up to 8 people
Includes
Drinks, Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

I'll demonstrate the process and begin mordanting some of the wool you'll be dyeing (preparing them to accept the dye) . You will harvest natural dyes from my small holding; blackberry, birch leaves or dandelions for example, depending what's in season. There'll be some silk scarves already mordanted and dyestuff soaking which we can use: eg. daffodills or apple leaves. We may also use natural dyes from my collection; eg. madder root or fustic wood chips. Then you'll dye a silk scarf or some wool (either unspun fleece or spun wool from my collection) which you can then take home with you. You can use resist techniques to create some pattern. I have chemical (aluminium sulphate and ferrous sulphate) and vegetable mordants (rhubarb leaves) available. Dyestuffs and vegetable mordants will vary according to the season. Daffodills are only available in the Spring!

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Noni

I have been fascinated by natural dyeing for many years after gaining a Batchelors degree in textile design nearly 40 years ago. I have been teaching natural dyeing for the last 4 years. It's an exciting process and the colours you can achieve with natural materials are well worth the effort. I have a range of materials we can use for dyeing growing on my smallholding: eg. daffodils, blackberry leaves, rhubarb etc. as well as some imported dyestuffs: eg. madder and fustic wood chips.

What's included

Drinks
Tea, coffee, herb tea cold drinks and biscuits available
Equipment
All dyeing equipment and materials will be provided.

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Where you'll be

Well gather dyestuffs from around the smallholding, about 4 miles from Totnes. You will be dyeing wool and/or silk over portable gas stoves and/or wood fires. We'll be under cover in the polytunnel if the weather is wet or windy.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

More tips

We will be working outdoors at least part of the time. Please do come dressed appropriately for the weather and wear stout shoes. Wear clothes that you won't mind getting muddy or splashed with dye
Noni
Introduction to natural dyeing
2 reviews
£30/person
2 reviews
£30/person