INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL DYEING AND LOCAL COLOUR: Saturday November 20
Join me for a full-day workshop on the essentials of transferring colours found in plants onto fabric and yarn.
We will cover the key aspects of natural dyeing: fibre preparation and mordanting, sourcing dyestuffs, the various steps involved in preparing and working with a natural dyebath, safe dyeing practice, over-dyeing to create complex colours, keeping records of dye experiments and other tips for dyeing with plants and other natural materials.
We'll also explore the use of mordants and modifiers before and after dyeing to achieve a wide range of colours from the same pot, as well as take a walk around the Glasgow Botanic Gardens to explore the dye potential of some of the plants growing in the gardens.
Details and bookings here.
INDIGO BLUE: Sunday November 21
Experience the magic of indigo dyeing and learn the steps involved in creating your own indigo vat in this full-day workshop with horticulturist and natural dyer Julia Billings.
Over the course of the workshop, we’ll cover the key aspects of dyeing with indigo: fibre preparation, creating and maintaining a vat at home, over-dyeing to create complex colours, safe handling and disposal and other tips and tricks. We’ll dye yarn and use methods such as clamping, binding and stitching to create patterning on fabric.
Participants will each dye 100gm of wool yarn and samples of fabric and, if time permits, have the chance to small objects from home- if you'd like, please bring along items made from natural materials, such as cotton, silk, linen, wool, leather and wood. Extra yarn will also be available to purchase at wholesale price.
Details and bookings here.
I am currently developing a series of virtual workshops- please check back soon or sign up to my newsletter to keep informed about upcoming dates.
GLASGOW SCHOOL OF YARN
Join us for the first in-person yarn show in Glasgow in years!
October 23 and 24 @ 10.30am-5pm at the Trades Hall Of Glasgow, 85 Glassford St, Glasgow G1 1UH
Details and bookings can be found here.
Join me for a walk through the dye plants found in the Scottish highlands in late autumn when not much is growing (including a mini tour of a small Scottish castle if time and internet permits!)
Sunday November 14 @ 1.20-1.50pm GMT
Please tune in via the @botanica_yarnfest Instagram feed.
GLASGOW REPAIR CAFE
I volunteer at the Repair Cafe Glasgow, part of a global movement of repairers. We meet every second Saturday of the month (at the Deep End, 21 Nithsdale St, Strathbungo) and help you repair your stuff for free. The objects we repair range from garments and textiles to small electrical goods, bicycles, furniture and more.
Find out more here.