Introduction to natural dyes and local colour
Join horticulturist and craftsperson Julia Billings in a full-day workshop on the essentials of transferring colours found in plants onto fabric and yarn, with a particular focus on locally-found species.
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 ways to achieve different colours from the same pot, as well as take a walk around the local area to explore the dye potential of some of the plants growing in urban Glasgow.
Dates: May 7 or June 11 from 9.30am-4.30pm
Included: All materials, comprehensive notes on processes covered, samples of fabric and yarn dyed in the workshop and tea and snacks
Location: This workshop will take place in a large studio in Bridgeton, Glasgow. The studio is located on the second floor of a 1960's building with access via stairs or a lift. If you have any questions about accessibility, please get in touch via the contact page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID: In order to comply with Scotland's government safety requirements, there will be a limit of 10 participants to allow for social distancing. All precautions, such as the wearing of masks while moving about, maximum ventilation of the studio before and during the workshop, and enhanced cleaning and sanitising facilities, will be ensured. A comprehensive refund policy will be in place if you are unable to attend for COVID-related reasons.