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Imagine having a world of beautiful natural colour at your fingertips, being able to walk through nature & forage for dyes. To have the skills to create exquisite hues effortlessly and inexpensively. To colour anything you want in whatever shades you like.
Maybe you're dreaming of dyeing your own clothes, reviving your beloved pieces, transforming your kids stained clothes, making that perfect shade for your home furnishings. You could dye textiles for props or even start a business selling naturally dyed goods, the possibilities are endless!
Learning new skills doesn't have to be overwhelming.
No matter where you might be coming from, sometimes we need help to take our creative aspirations to the next level. The problem is knowing where or how to start.
Confused, overwhelmed, disheartened or A little lost?
CONFUSED, OVERWHELMED, DISHEARTENED OR A LITTLE LOST?
You looked into the process of natural dyeing only to become more confused? You like to learn by seeing someone demonstrate what's involved but you don't know where to start?
You've tried it at home, everything was going great until all your colour & hard work washed down the drain? Or maybe it worked but your colours were disappointing, weak & blotchy?
Not sure how to make the colours stick, bind or fix? Confused about all the different ways to do this? Heard about mordanting but confused how it works?
Already spent thousands of hours scouring the internet for every tutorial or how-to book to learn everything you possibly can about natural dyeing?
Can you relate to any of these?
I created it as a guide book to help amateur natural dyers understand the process, get clarity on the steps involved & start dyeing all kinds of beautifully coloured textiles.
Now I've expanded my book into a comprehensive course, filled with all the lessons, training, tips & advice I wish I had access to as a novice dyer. A curriculum bursting with the all the information that will nurture you into a skilled & confident natural colour maven. Along with weekly checkins & guidance to help you feel truly supported along the way.
After experiencing a series of unfortunate events that left me as a single parent & sole provider to three young daughters in a foreign country, I took refuge in a world of plants & natural colour. What started from a place of curiosity, a balm to soothe the stress of daily life, developed into a lifelong passion & became my livelihood.
With long days, hard work, blood, sweat & many a tear I turned my passion into my trade. I started with nothing & grew my business into a thriving natural dye company, sold in select stores throughout the world. Today, I work with people from all over,
I'm a self taught natural dyer, author & successful business owner.
helping them overcome their challenges to become skilled, confident natural dyers so they can enjoy the benefits of this incredible process firsthand. Many have gone on to start their own successful natural dye businesses. I’ve been featured in Vogue, Remodelista, Selvedge, 91 Magazine, FT How To Spend It and Elle Decor Magazine.
Many have gone on to start their own successful natural dye businesses. I’ve been featured in Vogue, Remodelista, Selvedge, 91 Magazine, We Are Makers, FT How To Spend It and Elle Decor Magazine.
helping them overcome their
challenges to become skilled, confident natural dyers so they can enjoy the benefits of this incredible process firsthand.
Where to start, what was essential & what steps you needed to take to create the most beautiful, safe & non-toxic range of natural colours & textiles.
A creative process that felt effortless, fulfilling, exciting & fun. One that nourished, engaged & inspired you.
A skilled & confident natural dyer. Knowledgable about sources of natural colour, familiar with the dye plants in your garden, neighbourhood or locality.
Start a natural dye business, generate income or support your family doing something you love!
How does this sound?
Cultivate the skills & ability to dye for yourself, your brand or other businesses.
Discover a life long invaluable craft & expertise that can be applied across a multitude of creative practices.
Overcome your challenges, become a capable natural dyer, confident in your craft, process & abilities.
Breath new life into your fibres while transforming your fabrics & garments into stunning naturally dyed textiles.
Gain a solid understanding of the natural dyeing process with a proven roadmap to successful & consistent results.
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A 6-module, comprehensive, self paced course for aspiring natural dyers who want to master the process, create consistent colour that stands the test of time while growing your understanding, knowledge, confidence & skills. All with the support of an experienced natural dyer.
A LOOK INTO SOME OF THE INFORMATION INCLUDED IN THE 'FOUNDATIONS IN NATURAL DYEING' SIGNATURE COURSE
In this first module, I set you up for success with a solid foundation to develop the rest of your practice upon. We'll start with an introduction to the process, go over the basics & look at the exact tools, powder's & equipment you'll need for strong colours & consistent results.
You'll learn all about natural fibres, the importance of cleaning or preparing your fibres, how to do this & which method to follow depending on the fibre you're working with. Whether you're drawn to linen, cotton, cashmere, wool or silk, Module 1 will show you clearly how to get started & prepare your fibres for stunning, consistent & even results.
In this module, you'll learn the importance of "mordanting" the magic ingredients that make the colours bind or fix to your fibre. We'll take a look at what mordants are, how to mordant cellulose & protein fibres (cotton, linen, wool, silk etc).
I share my simplest most effective method of mordanting. With additional lessons on plant-based mordants, alternative methods, disposing, reusing & storing your mordants. I show you exactly what works no matter the fibre type & simplify this often overwhelming subject.
With how-to video instruction, written lesson & downloads, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of mordanting & the proven methods to follow for success. The module ends with all your mordanting questions answered along with weekly Q+A support.
This is where is starts to get fun, we'll take a deep dive into sources of natural colour, where to look for dyes in your kitchen, neighbourhood or locality. We will look at foraging for colour with a list of 76 sources of natural dye, focusing on plants that are known for their colour & lightfast properties.
With how-to video lessons, we'll look at how to prepare plants, create dye baths & extract colour from raw plant material & powdered dyes. We cover storing or dispose of your dyes safely, with tips on how to prolong the life of your dye baths. With detailed videos, written lessons and downloadable guides, I'll show you how & where to access an extensive range of dye sources, prepare plants & extract natural colour successfully. The module ends with all your dye source & colour questions answered along with weekly Q+A support.
With a solid foundation & a firm grasp on scouring, mordanting & whats involved before you get here, Module 4 is where you'll watch your fabric transform before your eyes. Possibly the most exciting part of the process, you'll learn how to dye all natural fibres like cotton, linen, wool, silk & more using a variety of dye plants & colours.
I'll show you how to dye natural fibre, with video instruction on dyeing both cellulose & protein fibre. I teach you how get the most saturation from your dye baths & how to create strong lasting colours. I share everything I've learn over the last decade with my top dyeing tips that will set you up for incredible results. You'll also learn how to document your process and how to wash & care for your naturally dyed textiles. The module ends with all your dyeing questions answered & weekly Q+A support.
Module 5 is one of my favourite parts of the process and a addition that will deepen your understanding & boost your confidence as a natural dyer. I'll show you how to expand your colour possibilities, open up your options & broaden your natural dye palette.
We will look at the wonderful world of modifiers; when to use them, how to make them & how to modify your fabric. I'll show you how to make modifiers from common household & dye ingredients. With extra instruction on how to work with homemade or store bought iron, you'll gain a clear understanding of modifying & how to incorporate it into your practice.
The module ends with modifying Q+A, instructions, recipes, downloadable guides + weekly support.
In our final module, you'll solidify everything you have learnt in the previous lessons by walking through an extensive range of real life dying examples. We'll dye Aran jumpers, organic cotton sweat pants/hoodie, napkins, trousers, t-shirts & more. A entire & complete wardrobe for you to get a through grasp of how to apply your skills to practical dyeing scenarios.
Including tutorials on how to dye cotton, linen, silk & wool using a variety of natural dye plants. The module finishes up with extra resources, Q & A + support, 17+ downloads, guides & resources so you can get the most from your learning & become a skilled natural dyer & plant colour expert!
"This course has been incredibly helpful, I am starting to sell naturally dyed leisure wear & ..
the information in your course has saved me so much time. I've applied the lessons in your course & my samples are turning out great! I am really excited to launch my new collection.
"I had been looking at lots of different courses when I came across yours
What I liked most was the support you offered along the way. Thanks for answering my questions & encouraging me. I have a much deeper understanding of the process & my fabrics are turning out beautifully. I wish I had found your course earlier, I would have saved myself so much time.
"This course is everything I wish they had taught me in fashion school. Thanks for all your help along the way!
Frequently Asked Questions
Maybe if you spent hours scouring the internet and combine that with an enormous amount of real-life trial and error, with enough time & dedication you could become an expert natural dyer for free. But if you are ready to save yourself time, master the process, avoid unnecessary mistakes, confusion, overwhelm & speed up your learning then this course is the perfect resource for you.
A foundation in natural dyeing contains, every piece of valuable information that I wish I had access to when I was learning. I’ve taken everything I have learnt over the last 12 years. I've spent the last 3 years building, refining & improving the material in this course to create a comprehensive curriculum that will set you apart as a skilled & confident natural dyer.
To get started with the very basics of natural dyeing all you need is a dye pot, stove or hot plate, water, dye plants , a wooden spoon, strainer & something to dye. Many tools and pieces of equipment can be purchased inexpensively or sourced from your kitchen. To continue with your journey & get the most from this course you will need to purchase a few different powdered ingredients which I detail in Module 1. All the dye sources will be foraged from our kitchens or the wild. I will show you where you can source an abundance of natural colour simply & inexpensively.
Yes, you can but you can only fit so much information in a book, there so much more that I wished I could have added but couldn't. While my book is a great resource for those interested in learning, many participants purchase my book, then take my course to crystalise the learning.
This course is so much more than what is contained in the book. It offers you video lessons, downloadable guides, resources, extra lessons & colour references plus a guide to seasonal colour throughout the year. It offers you the support you need while learning a new skill plus a community of like minded individuals to encourage you as you become an accomplished natural dyer. Plus, this course comes with a host of incredible bonuses that are not included in the book.
This course is for anyone wanting to master the process, no matter where you come from or how you might apply the skills learnt in this course. There are so many ways to incorporate natural dyeing & naturally dyed textiles into your life. Whether you're a amateur dyer, fashion student, slow living advocate, fibre or textile artist, then you are 100% in the right place! You don’t have to be a small business owner or entrepreneur to incorporate the stunning colours & skills of natural dyeing into your life.
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Ready to add naturally dyed clothes to your existing label or brand. Our course will show you how.
SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS, DESIGNERS & ENTREPRENEURS
TEXTILE OR FASHION STUDENTS, SLOW FASHION & SUSTANABILITY ADVOCATES
A comprehensive curriculum on sustainable dyeing that will set you up as a successful, skilled & environmentally conscious natural dyer.
Imagine the colours, texture & richness you could create with stunning textiles & backdrops.
PHOTOGRAPHERS, STYLISTS, PROP MAKERS, TEXTILE LOVERS
Naturally dye your fibre or fabric for knitting, sewing & weaving. Add a new layer of beauty to your natural fibre projects.
FIBRE ARTISTS, HOME SEWERS, KNITTERS & WEAVERS
For those passionate about natural fibres, materials, consuming less, using what you have and threading gently on the earth.
AMATEUR NATURAL DYERS, SLOW LIVING & NATURAL COLOUR ENTHUSIASTS.