Caroline Bell

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Natural Dyeing 
 image, natural dyeing     
 sat&sun 13&14 nov 2021     £125

This is a two day class. Students will learn the basics of natural dyeing using natural dye extracts, preparation of fabrics, the correct use of mordants and methods of modifying those colours to achieve a whole rainbow of samples thus debunking the myth that natural dyes produce only muddy or insipid results which do not last. Students will be encouraged to start a dye book to record their results which in turn will provide them with a reference which can be used and added to after the workshop has ended

 Printing with Natural Dyes    ***NEW CLASS***
 sat&sun 19&20 feb 2022     two days   10.00-16.00      £125

Printing with Natural Dyes

This workshop focusses on how to transfer imagery and pattern onto fabric using thickened natural dye extracts as a medium using a variety of techniques including screens, gelliplates, stencils and print blocks. Learn how to prepare your fabric for printing, how to mix the dyes and the print medium, the print medium options and how to harness the unique characteristics of natural dyes to vary shade and hue of colour. Hopefully everyone will go away with a range of samples and possibly some larger pieces for a new product

Requirements

Protective clothing

2 metres of medium weight close weave cotton like cotton sateen, printing cotton or similar. Needs to be washed or prepared for dyeing. I will be bringing some ready prepared to start you off while we prepare what you bring

Any favourite print blocks or stencils you might have. More will be available for you to use

Don’t forget your lunch, there is no shop in the village

Eco Stitching!
eco stitch sample
Sat&Sun      26&27 March 2022       two days  10.00-16.00     £125

An opportunity to gain ideas for ways in which to work with your eco prints.

During the workshop we will be constructing a memory cloth which we will then start to stitch. Hopefully students will have all the necessary ideas and knowledge to complete the project at home.

There will be lots of ideas about design, construction and how to use a variety of different hand stitches to enhance the beauty of your prints. Please note this is a hand stitching workshop no prior experience is needed but there is plenty there for the more experienced stitcher

Spring Eco-Printing 
Wed&Thur 20&21 April 2022 10.00-16.00  £125         

Two days producing beautiful samples with this inspirational tutor, using the  leaves of the season. Students will learn which leaves produce the best results  using Caroline’s wrapping and vat techniques, produce a wide variety of results

Indigo Queen of Natural Dyes   
Sat&Sun  28&29 May  2022     10.00 – 16.00   £125

This is a two day class. Students will learn how to mix, make and maintain an organic indigo dye vat including trouble shooting. There will be an opportunity to experiment with different recipes understanding the advantages and disadvantages of each. We will then experiment with the vats generating a series of samples using simple resist techniques. We will then extend the process with the addition of one or more natural dyes and also use previously rust dyed and eco printed fabrics as time permits.

Eco-printing Masterclass       
Wed & Thu 20&21 July 2022   10.00-16.00  £125 +£5 materials fee

This is a two day masterclass for those students who have completed the basic eco printing class with Caroline, students will develop their eco-knowledge and explore different mordants to create some fabulous fabrics

Autumn Eco Printing
dates coming soon

A two day class using those leaves in the Autumn which produce wonderful colours using Caroline’s Eco Printing techniques

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