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News about Workshops

Updated 1 January 2020

This is our second year offering a workshop programme here in Hitchin, covering:

  • How to plan and plant a dye garden. An introductory day where you can explore an established working dye garden on a compact allotment site. Each person gets some 1-1 design support and goes home with 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. There will be additional dates later in the Spring and Summer.
  • One day dye workshops where you start by picking the dye plants, then extract the dyes and use them to colour a useful quantity of material appropriate to your chosen craft. We aim to be flexible and accommodate people who are confident to mordant their own materials in advance, as well as cater for those new to plant dyeing.
  • Two day workshops where you can go deeper into a subject. Some things need more than a single day for best results. We have developed a Two Day Mordanting workshop and a Dyecraft Retreat Weekend where you can explore a single dyeplant in depth.

See here for more details and to book a place.

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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.

We plan to offer a selection of our courses in August 2020 from a permaculture garden in Devon, near Totnes.  Please contact us for details.

All courses can be booked here

With all good wishes

Susan

+44 1462 422814