Granary Studio

Inspirational Classes with Experienced Tutors

Natural Dyeing

Natural Dyeing


February 15, 2023 - February 16, 2023    
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Bookings closed


Granary Studio
Main Road, Owslebury, SO21 1LU

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Natural Dyeing is tutored by Caroline Bell. For more information about Caroline visit

natural dyeing


Natural Dyeing. 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.

Dates, please take careful note

Wednesday 15 Feb and Thursday 16 Feb, from 10.00am – 4.00pm


Natural Dyeing fee is £130. you should pay the deposit of £65 to secure your place. On receipt of the deposit you will receive a confirmation email. This fee includes some dyes and materials.


Natural Dyeing is a two day workshop, and the typical days are as follows:

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.


Old clothes plus apron/pinny

Rubber gloves

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

Please bring your own lunch as there is no shop in the village

A selection of cotton and silk fabrics, (lighter weight fabrics work best) some are available for sale at the Granary Studio

For information about other classes held here at the Granary Studio please visit



Bookings are closed for this event.