Introduction to Natural Dyeing – Two-day workshop – 2nd October
1st October & 2nd October, 7-8pm
Join us and our friends at Remode Collective and learn how to upcycle your clothes using natural dyes!
Over the course of this two-day workshop, learn how to create your own dye bath at home using easy to access equipment and dye materials such as onion skins, avocado skins and left-over coffee grinds! You will be shown how to create your own dye bath and how to use this to dye and tie dye your own clothing. We will also be covering how to use the bundle dyeing technique to create beautiful organic and colorful patterns.
This course is a great introduction to the basics of natural dyeing, using minimal equipment, left over-food waste & local plants.
Upon signing up to this course, you will receive instructions on how to make up a dye bath and bundle dyeing, as well as a beginner’s guide to natural dyeing.
As part of this course you will be invited to join textile designer and artist Hannah Scott from Remode Collective, for 2 x 1hour sessions, where over the course of two evening’s we will dye our fabrics together, collectively online. These sessions will also act as a Q&A for any questions you may have, as well as being a great opportunity to meet other people to share your natural dyeing journey with!
You will be asked to prepare your dye bath in advance of our online workshop date. Please do this 1 or 2 days in advance.
You will need to following equipment:
- Fabric for dyeing:
- Choose to dye either 2 lengths of fabric or 2 tops/t-shirts.
- You ideally want to work with white/off-white fabric made from natural materials such as silk or cotton, that has been pre-washed (if bought new.) Fabric compositions made of 100% natural materials work best, e.g. 100% cotton, however you can experiment with mixed fibers, just be aware this will effect how well your dye takes.
- 1 x medium/large sized pot for dyeing ideally stainless steel.
- A medium size bucket/container for soaking fabric in
- Dye Material: Please collect for this workshop approx. 1 sandwich bag’s worth (approx. 15 grams) of Red or Yellow Onion skins.
- You may also wish to use (not essential):
- Coffee (instant or grinds)
- Tea (loose or bagged)
- Turmeric (powder)
- Paprika (powder)
- Rubber elastic bands for tie dyeing.
- Thicker bands work better as thinner ones sometimes snap when exposed to heat. You can also use string/ yarn/ wool as alternatives.
- Sieve for straining or an old disused dishcloth.
- Metal Spoon for stirring your dye pot / fabric once in the dye bath
- Access to a hob / kitchen stove: This is for heating up and creating your dye bath
- An old pair of tights (not essential)
For this workshop no harmful chemical will be used, making this a family friendly activity. Please be aware access to a kitchen hob will be required and we will be handling hot liquid but not anything dissimilar to cooking at home as you normally would. If you plan on doing this workshop around small children please bear this in mind
- Lectures 0
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 2
- Assessments Yes