Learn natural bundle dyeing techniques with Botanical Inks

Join us and Botanical Inks on this workshop to learn how to create natural textile dyes using flowers from Mayfield cutting garden.

Join us for a day of botanical textile dyeing, using natural Mayfield flowers and exotic natural dye pigments to imprint cloth with contemporary kaleidoscopic patterns, using the bundle-dye technique and organic British-grown silk cloth. For making into a scarf, cushion cover, ribbons, clothing or other creative projects, infused with herbal essences.

Bundle dyeing is an innovative process which by-passes the need for the dye pot, allowing for the direct transfer of plant dyes and their healing herbal qualities into cloth. Using intuitive herbalism, we will make healing textiles aligned with each individual’s needs.
Using plant vinegars, steam and a variety of simple fold and bind techniques, a range of patterns can be achieved.
Certain flowers, herbs and plant materials are used to achieve a variety of hues, with colour fast results. A selection will be provided in class for you to work with, along with a very special, organic British-grown haboutai silk.

Along with gaining a new skill which you can repeat again and again for yourself, you will learn about intuitive herbalism, plant symbolism, natural dyeing, responsible foraging for local dyes and mordants, ceremonial textiles, and you will take away with you a beautifully natural dye printed silk cloth. All materials are included and provided, including a 50 x 140cm length of organic British grown haboutai silk.

There will be meterage of the silk available for additional purchases in class at an extra cost. Class led by Babs Behans of Botanical Inks and hosted by Mayfield Flowers.

Botanical Inks Workshop 2018  

Saturday 18 August 2018 10am-3pm, refreshments and light lunch included