Natural Eco Dyeing Course

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Learn Eco dyeing with natural products with our Printing courses in Sydney.

This Natural Eco Dyeing workshop will help you discover a living and sustainable colour palette with natural dyes. You will never look at your garden or kitchen in the same way!

Join this full-day workshop of natural eco dyeing to learn the basics of natural dyeing methods, easy mordants, and how you can set this up at home to keep exploring this art form.

You will explore a variety of natural hand dyeing and colour application techniques in this Eco Dyeing workshop, and you will create your own fabulous effects on wool, silk and cotton using natural methods and materials.

Learn to make beautiful dyes with foraged plants, household food waste and by-products from an organic farm. Many everyday waste products create rich, gorgeous colours: avocado stones produce dusky pink, onion skins create bronze and carrot tops make a minty green (just a few examples!). You will take home skills that will last a lifetime.

Ideal for

This is a beginner’s course, so no previous design, dye or printing experience is required.

Course content

  • Use seasonal and native plants, fruits, vegetables and materials from home for natural dye projects
  • Learn basic techniques: hot water extraction, steam bundle dying/ eco printing, solar dyeing and direct application methods
  • Learn how different types of fibres (wool, silk and cotton) react to natural dyes
  • Understand the basic principles of mordants
  • Pots and equipment you need to do natural dying at home
  • How to make a natural dye journal or "sampler."

You will dye and take home.

  • A cushion cover
  • A long piece of wool-blend fabric to use as a scarf
  • A cotton tote bag
  • 100% silk, cotton and wool samples for a natural dye journal

What to bring

  • Empty jars to take home your dyes and samples
  • An old shirt or apron to wear while dyeing
  • A notepad and pen or tablet to take notes
  • Any natural, pre-washed garments or fabric to dye (optional)
  • Any local plants or food scraps you wish to use for dyeing (optional)
  • Lunch, water and snacks – it is a long day!

Come prepared

  • Please wear closed-in shoes and old clothes
  • All dyeing materials are natural and non-toxic – but may cause allergies. Please contact us to discuss if you are allergic to any plants, flowers, vegetables or berries


Rozelle Campus, corner of Gordon St & Victoria Rd, Rozelle (in the grounds of St. Joseph’s Church). If driving, no entry into Gordon Street from Victoria Road. Last block on your right before Victoria Road. Pedestrian access is opposite Prince Street.

Other Information

Sydney Community College is a social enterprise with a mission to offer innovative continuing adult education programmes that support individual efforts and facilitate sustainable social change.


Natural Eco Dyeing Course

<p><strong>Learn Eco dyeing with natural products with our <a href="">Printing courses</a> in Sydney.</strong></p><

$229 Limited inc GST / $183.20 / $206.10
The course fee include materials pack valued at $25. You will go home with your own beautiful creations.

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Course testimonials:

  • said: I loved this course SO much! I feel like natural dying is a revelation! Simone was wonderful- so warm supportive knowledgeable and attentive.

  • said: 5 STARS

  • said: This was a fantastic hands on workshop that I thoroughly enjoyed! The facilitator was very knowledgeable. I will never look the same way again at fruits and vegetables. I would highly recommend this course!

  • said: The different techniques that were explained and also Samorn’s Open and inclusive approach.

  • said: Nicole was an excellent teacher, well prepared, friendly, flexible, encouraging. It was a delightful day & I learnt a lot.

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