In this 1.5 day workshop we will explore obtaining colour from plant material and natural dye extracts. This is a hands on workshop with lots of opportunity to experiment.
You will learn how to prepare silk for dyeing. How to obtain beautiful colours from ordinary food items in your kitchen.
Basic techniques and safety procedures of natural dyeing will be covered and you will get plenty of practise in experimenting with different plant material, to see what colours you can achieve in different dye baths. In addition we will explore a range of natural dye extracts.
We will use mordants to extend the range of colour samples. During this process you will be guided in the practice of record keeping to give you a comprehensive silk sample library for future reference. We will talk about water and pH, colour fast and light fastness, and you will experiment with both fugitive and substantive dyes.
The focus is on having fun, play and experimentation with natural dye foodstuffs and extracts.