A Beginners Day of Natural Dyeing

£120.00

Join dye expert Jenny Mercer for a day discovering the world of natural dyeing using plants we find all around us. At the end of the course, you will take home a scarf to add to your wardrobe, that you have dyed yourself using one of the palette of natural colours extracted on the day.

£120.00 Location : East Sussex

Join dye expert Jenny Mercer for a day discovering the world of natural dyeing using plants we find all around us. At the end of the course, you will take home a scarf to add to your wardrobe, that you have dyed yourself using one of the palette of natural colours extracted on the day.

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Course Details :-
  • In-Person Course
  • September 13, 2024 - September 13, 2024
  • 1 day

Plan of the Day: You'll be welcomed with refreshments before Jenny gives an introduction to the colourful world of natural dyeing, including a brief history, looking at source plants, the process of extraction and dyeing. Together you will use a variety of plants to extract their natural dyes, which you will prepare together, and the pots will boil away during the morning as you work. The dyes will be used on a scarf which you will prepare with mordants to bond the dye to the material, with Jenny taking you through the process step by step. A delicious lunch will be provided. Field Foods, who will be hosting the course day, are known for their fantastic food, all handcrafted on-site from local sustainable sources. If the weather is fine, you can step out and enjoy the cottage garden and flower borders at the beautiful, secluded venue in the heart of East Sussex. The afternoon will be used to complete the process of dyeing your scarf which you will be able to enjoy long beyond the course day, or you may like to make one to give as a gift. Subjects Covered: A brief history of dyeing Understanding the importance of mordants in the dyeing process The differences in plants used for dyeing Technique and method used in dyeing fabric An overview of the use of natural dyeing in today’s world By the end of the day, you will: Have an understanding of the process of extracting natural dyes from a range of plants Have used different plants to create a number of different dyes Dyed a scarf in one plant dye, selecting the colour from the range created Have samples and records of your work to take away with you Tutor: Jenny Mercer trained as a textile designer 30 years ago in Scotland and has since worked as a dyer in opera, ballet and theatre companies across the country. Jenny is passionate about sharing her skills and expertise with others, particularly focusing on using natural dyes because they are so much better for the environment. It has been a voyage of discovery for her, finding so many dyes are naturally available from plants in her local area, on her allotment, and in her own garden. Who is the course for? No experience necessary, just an interest in capturing the colours of the natural world. The Group: Jenny teaches in small, informal groups (max 8). The day is very hands-on, practical and relaxed. The Venue: A beautiful venue on the edge of a flower field, in the rural village of Piddinghoe, East Sussex. Date, Time & Venue: Friday 13th September 2024, 10.00am – 3.00pm, Piddinghoe, East Sussex

What's included in the price

Expert tuition; All materials and equipment needed for the course day; Use of a craft apron; A tasty lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

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