Make Botanical Dyes for Fabric and Yarn at Home

With DIY craft kit delivered to you

Add colour to your crafts the natural way



1.5 hours Class size 4 to 30     label $75 - $120 ($75 for Class only, no box, $120 for Class and box)

How it works
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We'll send a ClassBento Box to you (a craft kit with what you'll need). Details   
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Enjoy the online class - after booking, you'll get a link to join the class. Details   

During the class, you can ask questions and get feedback.

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Do you work with natural fibre yarn or cloth in your craft work? Would you like to add colour to your work in a more natural way?

Join us for this magical live streaming workshop where you will learn how dye fabrics and fibres using a variety of local and everyday seasonal plants, weeds and food scraps.

You will learn how to prepare and mordant your fibres, how to extract colour from plants, modifying, work place set up safety and more. I will then show you how you can experiment with over-dyeing with Indigo to create even more colours!

Indigo dye kits can be purchased separately (at a reduced price) when booking.

The indigo dye kit contains ingredients to create a vat which can be used to over dye your plant dyed fabrics and yarns.


Please note:

  • If you are purchasing a 'Class and Box' ticket you will need to allow time for your craft box to arrive in time for the class but if it doesn't that's ok. This workshop is best watched then practised afterwards so you get the most out of it. A recording of the workshop will be sent afterwards for you to replay and any extra questions you have can be emailed to the instructor.
  • This is an interactive class, so we encourage students where possible to turn on their video and microphone to gain the most benefits from the class.

Add-ons available for this class
  • Indigo dye vat kit ($20)
  • Calico tote bag ($8)
  • Cotton tea towel ($8)
  • Cotton voile fabric 1m ($6)
You can add these when you book (optional).
 
Knowledge required
Perfect for beginners.
 
What you'll get in your craft kit
  • Aluminium sulphate
  • Soda ash
  • Citric acid
  • Soy beans
  • Iron powder
  • Copper powder
  • Gloves
  • Silk, wool and cotton swatches
What you'll need
Equipment needed:
  • A selection of cooking pots with lids. Stainless steel, enamel or glass are non reactive. Iron, copper, tin and aluminium pots will react with your dye giving different but interesting colour results.
  • Stove
  • Large spoon and tongs
  • Sieve
  • Thermometer
  • Scales
  • Spoon for measuring
  • Measuring jug
  • 4 plastic tubs/glass jars
  • 2 buckets
  • Scissors/knife
  • Gloves
  • A face mask
  • Goggles
  • Apron
  • Notebook & pen
  • Plant materials (A list of suitable plants will be sent out to you before the class)
  • You may also want to have extra 100% natural fibres (cotton, silk, wool, raffia etc )

For the Indigo vat you will need:
  • A stainless steel pot
  • A jug or medium sized bowl for mixing
  • A small bowl or two for weighing powders
  • A long spoon for stirring (wooden/metal/plastic)
Suitable for

This Box and Live class is a great indoor activity idea for virtual team building activities at home.

This would also be a lovely gift for her, gift for mum, anniversary gift or Xmas gift.

Your teacher
Handmaker's Factory
Handmaker's Factory

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Handmaker's Factory is a studio space in West Footscray, Melbourne empowering people to confidently create in a sustainable way, share their knowledge and learn new skills through creative workshops & DIY kits.

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Rini Ismail Aug 2020

21 ClassBento workshops attended • 21 reviews


had amazing time learning natural dye at home with Nichola. i have everything in the craft box to get myself started. We watched Nichola doing it live on the multiple videos. She answered all the questions we have. I'm just amazed at the outcome with the different colours. Nichola covered so much in the session. I just can't wait to experiment

Tracy Adams Aug 2020


A lot to cover in one class but presented really well. Great tips and examples and I’m looking forward to trying these in my own kitchen soon. Thank you

Textiles workshop review by Tracy Adams

Ruth Stringer Aug 2020

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Nichola was very clear and having the two cameras made it easy to see what was going on at each stage. Questions were answered in real time, which was great. The combination of printed notes and seeing the demonstration makes me feel confident about giving this a try in my own time.

Jordan Fisher May 2020


Informative and well structured class. Nichola knows her stuff and provides some practical tips on getting the most from the experience. It's amazing the affects we can create from things from the garden. So many colours and so many possibilities.

Elissa Smith May 2020

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


This would be a great class to do in a day workshop. This short class will just whet your appetite. I plan on doing a lot of experimenting!
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