News about Workshops

Updated 11 November 2019

Over the last five years Ashley and I have been busy offering workshops for groups of crafters, giving talks and writing articles. The blog on this site (mostly written by Ashley) shares our experience of growing dyeplants. We also sell dye plants and seeds at selected craft events.

In June 2019 we started to offer workshops here in Hitchin.

Our first workshop on how to plan and plant a dye garden has proved very popular, with people glad to get some hands on experience of a working dye garden to help design their own growing spaces. Everyone goes home with some seeds, seedlings and young plants to put the ideas into practice as soon as possible. Our next courses will be 7th March and 19th April 2020 and can be booked here.

In the 2019 season we also delivered dye workshops working with freshly harvested Woad and Japanese Indigo. We have also piloted a Mordanting Weekend. We will run each of these workshops again in 2020 and places can be booked here.

Finally, we are working on some new workshops. These are pilots, offered at a reduced rate in return for students providing feedback on the course design and content.

  • Suburban Dyecraft: Pilot Weekend Retreat  (Sat 30 November & Sun 1 December)
    Some of our students agree with us that going slowly and deeply into a craft is more satisfying than one-off day workshops. Therefore we are trying out a small group, non-residential weekend for crafters to develop their dyeing practice. This first weekend will be exploring all aspects of Madder, with some time for getting out in nature as well. Book here Depending on demand, we plan to offer a series of connected weekends in 2020 exploring other dyes and dyeing techniques in a small group setting.
  • Workshops in Dartington, Devon
    We are exploring the possibility of offering a selection of our courses from a permaculture garden in Devon, near Totnes.  Further details to follow.

Our dye garden in Hitchin is next door to a fabulous community garden project where we are hiring a well-equipped indoor space suitable for small group events, only 5 minutes walk from a mainline station well served by trains between London, Peterborough and Cambridge.

We are thoroughly enjoying sharing our skills and knowledge with people who, like us, are enchanted by deriving colour from their home grown dyeplants.  We are open to running workshops anywhere within reasonable travelling distance, so if you are unable to come to us but would like to host a workshop on how to get the most from your dye garden, please do get in touch.

All courses can be booked here

All good wishes


25 July 2019

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