I spent yesterday in London teaching a natural dye workshop for Bricolage as part of their Print and Patch Craft course.
We talked about the history of natural dyeing, the amazing colours that can be found in nature, and methods of using them in the dye pot. I also spoke about Out There, the project I co-ordinate, and the benefits that working with plants can have for well-being.
We spent a few happy hours dyeing silk, wool, cotton and hemp, using madder, indigo, weld and elderberries.
Some beautiful shades were produced in the dye baths.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day, and particularly meeting the participants, including Lynda whose hands are pictured above.
Big thanks to Clara and Katherine from Bricolage for making the day run so smoothly.