Dyeing - Botanical dyeing using native Australian plants
Under the tutelage of Belinda Evans of Alchemy, learn how to prepare wool and silk yarn and fabric for natural dyeing, choose plant materials, and use those materials to dye with.
Teacher: Belinda Evans
Workshop Duration: Full Day
Description: In this full day workshop, you'll learn how to prepare and mordant wool and silk textiles for natural dyeing to get the best colours from your natural dyes and help make them colourfast, how to collect and prepare native plant materials for yarn dyeing, and how to use those materials to dye wool and silk textiles.
We'll use foraged native Australian flora and simple equipment and ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen to dye wool yarn. You'll be able to use the skills you learn at this workshop to dye wool and silk yarn in small or larger quantities to knit, crochet and weave with. The techniques you learn will work on any new or vintage wool or silk textiles so you will be able to create something new or bring new life to an old piece.
Materials: Prepared wool yarn, natural dyeing equipment and locally foraged native Australian plant materials for you to dye with. There will be a materials cost of $30 per person
Please Bring: A pen, notepad and apron and wear warm clothing as we will be working outdoors for some of this workshop. Please note that natural dyes can stain clothing so make sure that you wear something that you wouldn't mind getting a few splashes of colour on.
Takeaway: You'll take home a collection of mini skeins of yarn that you have dyed in the workshop that will be ready to use in a weaving, knitting or crochet project. You also have a booklet with detailed notes on the preparation, mordanting and dyeing process for wool and silk yarn.
Level: No prior knowledge is required for this class.