Granary Studio

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Natural Dyeing

Natural Dyeing


April 18, 2024 - April 19, 2024    
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


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Granary Studio
Main Road, Owslebury, SO21 1LU

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Natural Dyeing. Caroline Bell is the tutor for this course. For more information about Caroline, please visit her website


Natural Dyeing 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.

Dates, please take careful note

2 days    Thur/Fri  18&19 April 2024. Each day runs from 10-4 and tea, coffee, and biscuits are available throughout


£130 , a non-refundable deposit of half the fee , £65 will secure your place, on receipt of the deposit your place will be confirmed. The balance should be paid two weeks before the start of the class

Requirements for Natural Dyeing Class

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

Don’t forget your lunch!

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

Additional information: Further classes from Caroline are in the pipeline, or look at the timetable on the website  for other classes that might take your fancy




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