Natural Dye Workshops

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

Course description

Learn how to dye with natural products and other Printing courses in Sydney.

It’s foraging, it’s local, it’s seasonal, but it’s not for eating… Discover how to dye and print with foraged flowers, leaves from your neighbourhood and healing herbs, food scraps from your kitchen and household items.

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

In this practical beginners course you will explore a variety of natural hand dyeing and colour application techniques and create your own fabulous effects on silk fabric using natural methods and materials. Create colour with food, healing herbs, teas, scraps for composting, foraged flowers, fallen and fresh leaves!

Plus learn how we can alter colour with different items from around your home and kitchen cupboard. We can use food waste to create earthy pinks, golden oranges, soft blues, sunshine yellows, light browns, smokey greys. There’s a palette of possibilities!

Ideal for

This is a beginners course, so no previous design, dye or printing experience is required.

Course content
  • How to gather and reuse materials in your home for sustainable and zero-waste dyeing
  • Gathered flowers, leaves and food waste to make dye vats in array of colours
  • Use different foods and items to alter tones and shades of colour
  • How to mordant your fabrics (pretreat for dyeing) with food instead of chemicals
  • Learn how to create different dyeing effects
  • Learn some basic eco printing techniques and effects
  • Learn some basic compost dyeing techniques and effects
Materials provided
  • Handwoven silk scarf (rrp $90 each)
  • Unbleached cotton for colour samples
  • Organic Merino wool piece to use in class
  • Linen table runner to use during class (rrp $75)
  • Unbleached cotton tote bag to use and dye in class
  • Seasonal, natural materials (berries, flowers & plants)
  • Digital notes
Please bring to class
  • A garment made from natural fabric to dye (apart from your scarf)
  • Some pre washed natural fabric to dye (1-2m)
  • 4-5 empty jars to take home your dyes
  • Any local berries, food scraps or flowers you wish to use for dyeing
  • An old shirt or apron to wear while dyeing
  • A notepad and pen or tablet to take notes
  • Lunch, water and snacks – it is a long day!
Other information
  • 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

Avoid disappointment – enrol early

Please ensure you have given a valid e-mail address and mobile number as all course changes will be communicated via sms or e-mail.

This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

Course testimonials:

  • Tanya said: The course is good.

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

  • Deborah said: The course covered several methods of botanical dyeing and was a great introduction. I enjoyed the class very much and look forward to experimenting at home.

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