Natural Dye Workshop

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  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 13 August 2018
  • Course duration: One week

Natural dye workshops are few and far between, and most deal primarily with the dyeing of wool yarns.

This course challenges this tradition by incorporating the dyeing of yarns with fabric design and product development.

Due to the technical nature of dyeing and the space available in our textile dye workshop this course is limited to six places.

Dyeing with natural plant dyes is the oldest form of fabric colouration and has recently been rising in popularity.

It's always had an established following in the folk and new age market, but the recent shift in demand for more natural and healthy alternatives has dramatically increased interest in this art.

This course will teach you the science and practical application of this subject.

It'll also show you how to engage with the network of those involved in eco fashion, ethical fashion, folk fashion and natural dye providers.

The ideal attendees are knitters and weavers as well as fashion and textile technicians, students and designer/makers.

Additionally, anyone interested in ethical and sustainable fashion and textiles who want to find an avenue to this market will be very welcome.

What will you gain?

As well as leaving with samples of naturally dyed fabric and products in development, you'll have enough knowledge to source the paraphernalia needed in order continue.

You might also want to develop a business plan during the course. You might already have a fabric or yarn selling business, so this course would enable you to expand your range.

Any questions? Contact the short course team:

Email: creativeshortcourses@ntu.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

On this course you will:

  • learn about the most popular natural dyes such as madder, indigo and logwood, as well as lesser known fugitive dyes such as the use of blackberries, elderberries, nettles, lichens and various other fresh leaves and berries
  • learn about the low toxicity of natural dyes and their reputation as a healthy alternative to modern synthetic dyes
  • undertake simple processes that will allow you to dye at home or in the studio
  • be introduced to the varying techniques that have been recorded by dyers (and which have varying degrees of success)
  • learn about print techniques including tie dye, shibori, solar dyeing, anthotyping, screen printing and hapa zome, as well as printing using solutions of differing pH and modifiers.

How to apply

You can book your place via the NTU online store:

13 - 17 August 2018

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can book your place via the NTU online store:

13 - 17 August 2018

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418