Information sheet for Natural Dyeing Workshop taught by Caroline Bell
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Tuesdays 13 & 20 February 2018 £100 to include some dyes and materials
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.
Day 1 Using only 3 different dyes, namely indigo, weld and brazilwood, learn how, with overdyeing and modify a whole spectrum of colour. instruction will be given on mordanting, preparation of basic fructose indigo vat and preparation of the dye extracts and methods of use. While we will be working on cotton, information will be given on how to work with other fibres.
Day 2 A selection of other dye extracts will be made available to work with in a similar manner. It is hoped that there will also be an opportunity for students to have a play with the dyes with larger pieces of fabric and simple resist techniques to put what has been learned into practice.
Requirements for Natural Dyeing Class
Old clothes plus apron/pinny
Basic sewing kit
Most materials and dyes are included in the class but you might want to bring oddments of white/ cream fabric ( natural fibres only)
Notebook and pen
Don’t forget your lunch!