Natural Dye Workshops

Surrey Docks Farm is offering an ‘Introduction to Natural Dyeing’ workshop series. There are four workshops which will run on Sundays from 2pm – 4:30pm throughout June 2020. Each workshop will cover a particular aspect of natural dyeing and does build on knowledge but can be taken as a stand alone workshop. You will be provided with all materials for the workshop but need to bring a pair of dish washing gloves, apron and waterproof container or bag to take samples home.

The workshops will be delivered by Marietta Richardson. She is an indie dyer, spinner and knitter and member of the London and Mid-Herts Guilds of Weavers Spinners and Dyers. She cultivates her own natural dye plants and uses them to dye yarn which is sold at local craft markets along with hand spun and knitted hats collars and mitts. You can find her at Northwood Craft Market in the Autumn months.

Workshop 1: A look at different plant materials that can be used for dyeing as part of a practical session looking at how different fibres react to the dye

A discussion on how to get started using readily available items from the kitchen
How to prepare fibres for dyeing
Practical dyeing session looking at how different fibres react to the dye

Workshop 2: Introduction to mordants, how to use safely and their effect on dyes and fibres

A practical session looking at the impact of the mordant on the dye and fibre
What is the function of a mordant
Exploring the use of fixatives or mordants
How to use and dispose of safely

Workshop 3: Extending the colour palette from one dye bath – using modifiers

How to extend the palette from one dye bath
Looking at commonly used colour modifiers
How to use these safely

Workshop 4: Eco dyeing session using plants to stain and print on natural fibres

Eco dyeing session using gathered material from the Surrey Docks dye garden to imprint on fabric
How to prepare fabric for printing and a look at plants that work well

Refund Policy: Full refunds are available up to 30 days before the workshop date. Please be aware no refunds are available for cancellations within 30 days.

Accessibility: The main Farm site itself is accessible, however one room is only accessed by a flight of stairs and during some workshops we may enter horticulture areas that have uneven ground. If you have any accessibility requirements please email before booking.

Gift Voucher: These workshops make a great Christmas present! If you’re buying as a gift, feel free to download the certificate below and simply add your recipients name and the booking number you receive on your email confirmation.

Natural Dye Workshops 2020



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