Natural Dye Workshops


$199 Limited inc GST / $159.20 / $179.10
Natural Dye Workshops

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Course description

Discover how to dye and print with foraged flowers, leaves from your neighbourhood and healing herbs, food scraps from your kitchen and household items.

In this workshop you will learn how to print and bundle eco-dye and print with plants, food and other natural materials.

We will go for a short walk around the Sydney Community College Grounds and Rozelle streets to find local plant material that we can use to eco print our silk and fabrics.

Feel free to bring your own foraged materials, from your garden and neighbourhood, to use in class.

You can also bring a t-shirt/singlet or pillow slip from home to dye or print (natural fabrics only and pre-washed). More silk scarves will be available to purchase if preferred.

You will also get to take home all dyes you make in class!

This workshop will introduce you to learn basics of natural dyeing, easy mordants, and how you can set this up at home

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.

Use food waste to create earthy pinks, golden oranges, soft blues, sunshine yellows, light browns, smokey greys.

A palette of possibilities!

This workshop will incorporate:
  • How to gather and reuse materials in your home for sustainable living 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, not chemicals
Ideal for

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

Course content

During this Natural Dye Workshop the intention is that the following topics will be covered, but not necessarily in the order given. Due to the variable nature of Adult Education classes, parts of the curriculum may be adapted to suit the needs of the class.

  • Appreciate the many sources and properties of natural materials to create dyes
  • Preparation and use of natural dyes
  • 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
  • 1 x silk handwoven scarf (rrp $70 each)
  • Seasonal, natural materials (berries, flowers & plants) and equipment needed
  • Unbleached cotton and silk (mordanted) for colour samples
  • Pure New Zealand alpaca yarn to dip dye into vats
  • Online support via private Natural Dyers Facebook Group
  • Digital Notes
Please bring to class
  • 2 x small garments to dye (apart from your scarf)... NATURAL FABRICS ONLY!
  • Pre washed natural fabric to dye (1-2m)
  • 4-5 empty jars to take home your dyes
  • Your own local berries, foodscraps or flowers you wish to use for dyeing
  • An old shirt or apron to wear while dyeing
  • Lunch, water and snacks – it is a long day! There is a great park accross the street to have lunch in on a sunny day too.
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
  • You will be required to share any materials provided, and any that you bring with the class
Discounts for SCC students are available with the following retailers:
  • 10% discount at Dans Art Design – enter code ‘SCC’ at the checkout.

The link to the Website is DansArtDesign

  • Tilly’s Art Supplies in Rozelle, 10% off
  • Art On King Art Supplies in Newtown, 10% off
  • Eckersley’s Art Supplies in York Street, 10% off

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.