A Eco Dyeing day with the West Norfolk Embroiderers Guild learning how to dye fabrics and paper using natural colours.
Eco dyeing is a form of natural dyeing where the colours from plant material are transferred to paper or fabric via steaming or boiling.
Each plant will have its own properties and depending on the freshness of the plant and the mordant used you can achieve different colours from one pant.
What you will be doing
To achieve different Eco Dyeing effects, you will be exploring using different plants, mordants and surfaces all of which will be explained to you. Some of these you will have met before and others will be new to you. You will be encouraged to fold, wrap and contain your pieces in different ways, after which they will be steamed or boiled for an extended period of time. If you have patience you will be able to wait for 24 or 48 hours before unwrapping which can give you stronger results. If, however you are like most of us the urge to peep will be impossible to resist.
- Natural fabric, at least six 35 c.m. squares of assorted silk, cotton and a 1 of wool if possible.
- Handmade paper – this can be your own, or something like Khadi Indian Cotton Rag paper A4 size.
- A ball of thin string.
- Large beads to identify your own samples.
- Bits of copper piping or similar – about 4” length [optional]
- Leaves from the garden and country side, blackberry, ornamental plum, eucalyptus, dogwood, walnut, apple, Stagshorn sumac, herbaceous geranium. Bring what you can.
- Apron & gloves
- Notebook & pen, camera
- A bag to take damp samples home.
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Sewing has always been a part of my life. At the grand old age of 16 I was given my first sewing machine. A very old singer that was then replaced it will a Janome. Now I predominately use a Pfaff but also have a lovely old Bernina to use too.
My sewing career started with a lovely lady called Christine Davey and eventually I started the City and Guilds. Then when I moved to Kent after the first year and finished it with Ruth Issett. It was Ruth, in her own way, gave me licence to use many colours, that up to this point I would not have thought of using before.
In October 2013 I returned to Norfolk to set up a studio where I wanted to teach mixed media textiles as well as encourage other tutors into the area.