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 2 to 30     label $75 - $120 ($75 for Class only, no box, $120 for Class and box)


This is a ClassBento virtual Live/Box class! From the comfort of your home, share an artisan experience with your friends, family or colleagues, or enjoy with like-minded others. Our Live/Box classes have been featured on The Guardian, TimeOut, Broadsheet, Concrete Playground, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Vogue, and more. Here's how it works:

  1. Request your preferred time
  2. We'll deliver a ClassBento Box to you - this is a physical DIY craft kit containing the materials you'll need. Shipping is free, and it should arrive within 2-5 business days. We ship nationwide.
  3. Enjoy the online class. After booking, you'll receive a link to a Zoom meeting. At the time of the class, use that link to join. During the class, you can easily ask questions and get immediate responses. Zoom is free and easy to use, on any device. You're in control of your privacy - you can mute yourself and hide your webcam if and when you prefer.

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, works place set up safety and more. We will then experiment with over-dyeing with Indigo to create even more colours!

Indigo dye kits and dye plant bundles 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.

The dye plant bundle contains plant materials which produce colour. Contents will vary depending on what is available. It may contain plants such as flowering plum, turmeric, madder root, marigold etc.

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.

Please note:

  • If you are purchasing a 'Class and Box' ticket you will need to allow seven business days for your craft box to arrive in time for the class.
  • 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

Dye plant bundle ($20)

Indigo dye vat kit ($20)

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
  • Blender
  • 4 plastic tubs/glass jars
  • 2 buckets
  • Scissors/knife
  • Gloves
  • Apron
  • Notebook & pen
  • A face mask
  • 100% natural fibres (I will be using cotton and silk fabrics and wool yarn)
  • Plant materials (A list of suitable plants will be sent out to you before the class)

For the Indigo vat you will need:
  • A stainless steel pot
  • A small bowl or two for weighing powders
Suitable for

This Box and Live class is a great indoor activity idea for virtual team building activities at home. This is a fun indoor activity, suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 10 years old). An adult must be present whilst kid(s) engage with the box.

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

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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

19 ClassBento workshops attended • 19 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


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

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 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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