The Magic of Natural & Botanical Dye.
Fabric, paper & yarn

Ellie Beck Petalplum Natural and Botanical dyeing eco printing making patterns and colour with flowers

This workshop will change the way you look at the world! You’ll start to see colour everywhere you look; from the flowers and leaves in your garden, to your compost scraps and morning’s avocado.

In this one-day gathering you’ll be immersed in the pure joy and magic of creating colour on cloth, paper and yarn. Learning different ways to extract colour, make marks and patterns and the importance of using a mordant (what even IS a mordant!) to set your colour. You’ll also explore how to build and layer colours, how to change colours with simple, but super fun minerals. Like a crazy scientist.

You’ll learn eco-printing, solar dyeing, rust and iron dyeing, as well as hot dyes. And how to know when to use what. We’ll create an indigo vat and make that most delicious of colours, as well as playing with Shibori and simple tie-dye methods for making pretty patterns.

This workshop will be the beginning of your new love of colour, thinking about sustainable ways to work, and give you a foundation to go on to continue learning this ever-so-delicious, super fun and very joyful skill.

You’ll learn how to dye onto fabric, yarn and paper - so if you’re a sewer, weaver, paper-artist or something different you’ll learn how to make your very own colour palette for your creative work. Or just find out how to update your wardrobe with a new colour dip.

I use natural dyes for all my creative making; it’s the first process before I start to weave, stitch, sew, book-bind, crochet and more. It allows me to create the colours I love, and makes sure my work is unique to me from start to finish.

When: Sunday 20Th October, 2019. 10am - 4pm
Where: Willow Vale, NSW. At Rachel’s spectacular home in the Southern Highlands. (Exact address will be emailed to you after booking)
What: An immersive day spent making colour, marks, patterns and prints onto fabric, yarn and paper. This is such an immersive workshop that you’ll feel ready to dive deep into this new-found-love.
Includes: all materials needed, including a fabric pack and access to my online Natural Dye ecourse.
Enjoy a delicious vegetarian lunch & morning tea from local cafe.

You’ll learn:

  • Natural & botanical dye techniques, including eco-printing

  • Indigo vat

  • What is a mordant, why you need to know about it and different methods

  • Shifting and changing colours using simple minerals and safe chemicals

  • Shibori and simple mark-making

Early bird tickets available until 31st July, 2019 - $165. Full price $195

petalplum naturally dyed thread on twigs