Learn how to coax 25 different shades of colour from one natural dyebath.
Teacher: Julia Billings
Description: In this full-day workshop, you will learn the steps involved in preparing and working with a natural dyebath and how to use mordants and modifiers before and after dyeing to achieve a wide range of colours from the same pot.
Working with an old and exotic dyestuff, this workshop will cover the key aspects of natural dyeing with yarn and fabric; fibre preparation and mordanting, sourcing dyestuffs, preparing the dyebath and safe dyeing practice. We’ll also discuss over-dyeing to create complex colours, keeping records of dye experiments and other tips for dyeing with plants and other natural materials.
Materials: There will be a materials fee of $15 to cover yarn, fabric, dyestuff and other materials. Please bring a pen and notepad and dress warmly as the workshop will take place outside in early spring. Natural dyes can stain clothing and footwear so bring an apron and be sure to wear something dark or old.
Takeaway: Participants will take away samples of yarn and fabric dyed in the workshop and comprehensive notes on the dyeing process.
Workshop Length: Full day