Monthly Archives: January 2016

Colour in Winter

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What could be better on a cold winter’s day than plant dyeing with ten creative and enthusiastic felt makers?

Today I ran a small group workshop for Region 5 of the International Feltmakers Association

After a demonstration of the basic principles, people were left to work the dyebaths to achieve the wide and bright colour palette available from the ‘Grand Teint’ dyeplants which can easily be grown here in the South East of England.

In the space of a few hours, we dyed nearly a kilogram of merino wool tops (pre-mordanted with alum), a little silk (pre-mordanted with aluminium acetate) and some unmordanted banana yarn.

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This is a workshop I have facilitated many times before for my local Spinners Dyers and Weavers Guild In the past we have always held these events outdoors on a long summer’s day which works really well for rinsing and drying. So it was very different working indoors and to a tighter time schedule.

I will be running a plant dyeing day for the North Herts Guild of Spinners Dyers and Weavers Guild on Saturday 23rd April 2016.

Contact me if you are interested in hosting plant dyeing workshops. I am open to designing workshops to suit specialist audiences.