Saturday August 25th 2018
A Day of Silk, Natural Colour, Flowers and Food at beautiful Witte Flower Farm
In this workshop we'll learn the basics of preparing natural fabrics to accept plant dyes, using the dyes themselves, experimenting with dye bath strength for a variation of colour, layering colours and adjusting colour with mordants and experimenting with colours on various natural fibres like silk, hemp and linen. Students will receive one-on-one instruction, have hands-on experience with dyeing using plant-based colour and finish the class with their own silk ribbons, a great foundation from which to further explore natural dyes and a cotton-canvas dyed apron.
We will break for a lovely light lunch in the Oregon summer sunshine, prepared by Kristen and her crew at the farm. The menu will be based around what's fresh and local and will feature rustic breads, sweet stone fruit and fresh salads. Please let us know if you have dietary needs we should keep in mind.
After lunch we'll return to the workshop to assess our work, create some flat lay photos for social media and wrap up the session.
Cost: $250 including lunch, all supplies and take home goodies, plus all the things you will have made.
There is a maximum attendance of 12 students, to ensure that everyone gets plenty of hands-on personal instruction and time to get elbow-deep in beautiful colour and flowers.
In the evening, Portland company Serenade will be hosting a dinner and live music event on the farm. More details to follow. If you would like to add this to your day's loveliness, I will update all students as soon as sign up and more information is available for this beautiful event under the Oregon summer stars.
Katoomba, Blue Mountains, Australia. October 2018
I am hoping to put together a natural dye workshop in Katoomba in late October this year. If you might be interested in attending, please send me a quick note to let me know. I'd love to hear from you!
My workshops include an introduction to working with natural dyes that are derived from plants, wood and earth, hands on experiments with silks in natural dye vats and every student leaves with a completed small project and some Nettle goodies.