An Introduction to Natural dyeing
AN INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL DYEING
Imagine having a world of beautiful natural colour at your fingertips, being able to walk through nature & forage for plant 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 or 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!
Imagine you could dye anything you wanted with plants!
I know how overwhelming & confusing natural dyeing can be.
I KNOW HOW OVERWHELMING & CONFUSING NATURAL DYEING CAN BE.
There's so much information out there that you're not sure what you need to start or how to even begin.
You've read about mordanting or fixing your colours to the fibre but it just feels confusing & you're not sure what to do.
Dye your clothes in the most beautiful natural colours or breathe new life into once beloved pieces.
Learn creative skills, build your confidence & become a skilled natural dyer.
Enjoy the many benefits of connecting to nature & your environment.
Let me show you how simple, enjoyable, relaxing & satisfying natural dyeing can be!
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.
Mordants are the magical ingredients that can make the difference between strong colours that last & those that wash out or fade quickly. In this module, I show you the simplest most effective method of mordanting. You'll learn what mordants are and how to mordant all types of natural fibre like cotton, linen, wool, silk etc.
We'll take a deep dive into sources of natural colour, where to look for dyes in your kitchen, neighbourhood or locality. With how-to video lessons, we'll look at how to prepare plants, create dye baths, extract colour from raw plant material & powdered dyes and everything in-between!
You'll learn how to dye all natural fibres like cotton, linen, wool, silk & more using a variety of dye plants & colours. 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 each & every time.
In this module, I'll show you how to expand your natural dye palette & grow your confidence as a natural dyer. We will look at the wonderful world of modifiers; when to use them, how to make them & how to modify your fabric.
With detailed notes & videos, we'll explore 7 sources of natural dye to create a rainbow of stunning natural shades. From flowers to plants & trees, you'll have guidance on how to create natural colour & get started straight away!
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This course teaches you the methods & techniques to become a skilled natural dyer, while growing your confidence & creativity.
Move through this course at a pace to suit you & your schedule. I'll be answering your questions & supporting you along the way.
With unlimited access to a mix of 34 instructional videos, 58 comprehensive lessons, 20+ downloadable guides, you will become a botanical colour genius!
Kathryn is a wonderful, patient, sensitive teacher, I wish we could have spent an extra week
Together making things
- Emiko davis, Italy
After experiencing a series of unfortunate events, 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 & soon became my livelihood. I have been working with natural dyes for over a decade & love to share what I've learnt with others.
You can ask questions at any point as you move through the course & I'll be happy to help you along the way.
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Once you enrol, you'll be asked to create an account & password. You can then log into your account and access the content whenever you want or any device you choose. You'll have lifetime access to the course & all it's content.
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. I will show you where you can source an abundance of natural colour simply & inexpensively.
58 detailed lessons, 34 videos, 20+ downloads, resources & natural colour guide.
Immediate & lifetime access to all the material in the course.
Have question's, run into challenges or need support? Ask your questions as they arise, I'm only an email away.
let me show you how enjoyable & satisfying this process can be!
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If you've ever wondered what plant gives what colour, or how to get specific hues, this 18-page guide details common dye sources & plants along with their colours.