Natural Dyes Class

Learn how to dye with natural products



3 hours Class size 1 to 12     label $99


This Natural Eco Dyeing workshop will help you discover a living and sustainable colour palette with natural dyes. You will never look at your garden or kitchen in the same way!

Join this workshop of natural eco dyeing to learn the basics of natural dyeing methods, easy mordants, and how you can set this up at home to keep exploring this art form.

You will explore a variety of natural hand dyeing and colour application techniques in this Eco Dyeing workshop, and you will create your own fabulous effects on wool, silk and cotton using natural methods and materials.

Learn to make beautiful dyes with foraged plants, household food waste and by-products from an organic farm. Many everyday waste products create rich, gorgeous colours: avocado stones produce dusky pink, onion skins create bronze and carrot tops make a minty green (just a few examples!). You will take home skills that will last a lifetime.

Course content:

    • Use seasonal and native plants, fruits, vegetables and materials from home for natural dye projects
    • Learn basic techniques: hot water extraction, steam bundle dying/ eco printing, solar dyeing and direct application methods
    • Learn how different types of fibres (wool, silk and cotton) react to natural dyes
    • Understand the basic principles of mordants
    • Pots and equipment you need to do natural dying at home
    • How to make a natural dye journal or "sampler."


Please note: This class requires a minimum number of students to run. In the unlikely event that we don't get this number of students, we'll cancel the class; in this case, we'll inform and fully refund you, so please watch your email/SMS one day prior to the class.

This class can be booked for private events; for more details (including price quote), please just contact us via the button in our profile below.



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Knowledge Required

This is a beginners course, so no previous design, dye or printing experience is required.

What you'll get

    • 100% pure silk scarf
    • Wool blend fabric for a wall hanging or table runner
    • Fabric samples for a natural dye journal
What to bring

    • Empty jars to take home your dyes and samples
    • An old shirt or apron to wear while dyeing
    • A notepad and pen or tablet to take notes
    • Any natural, pre-washed garments or fabric to dye (optional)
    • Any local plants or food scraps you wish to use for dyeing (optional)
Location

Sydney Community College - 2A Gordon St Rozelle

Your teacher
Nicole Evangelidis

Nicole Evangelidis

4.6 stars (62+)
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Nicole’s passion for sustainability inspired her to launch Seed 2 Soul Workshops with her chef-husband Evan Pemberton in 2013. Since then, they have run workshops about zero waste living, wholefood cookery and sustainability throughout Australia.

Nicole is an experienced educator and has worked with the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, Marrin Weejali Aboriginal Corporation, Green Living Centre and The University of Sydney. She has a background in herbal medicine which has complemented her natural dye practice as many medicinal plants are also excellent dyes. Nicole lives in the Blue Mountains bringing a range of Eucalyptus species and native plants into her natural dye classes.




Your host
Sydney Community College
Sydney Community College

4.9 (54)
5k+

Sydney Community College is a social enterprise with a mission to offer innovative continuing adult education programmes that support individual efforts and facilitate sustainable social change.

Our mission is to enrich lives, to strengthen adult individuals and to build communities through innovative high quality continuing education and training.


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Sydney Community College is COVID-19 aware This means that this teacher won't run this class if they've had flu symptoms in the last 14 days, and will adhere to relevant government restrictions (e.g. maximum number of guests).
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Katrina Moore  •  Oct 2020


The teacher was extremely enthusiastic and extremely interested in what the students had to bring to the class in terms of ideas and original interpretations
The teacher also sought to share all the knowledge that she had acquired whether it was the stores that she went to to purchase materials or the kinds of leaves and ecological principles she drew on to dye her materials.

I would like to thank her for everything my only small advice would be to schedule the lunch break strictly at 12:30 because I became a little bit hungry after a few hours. Having a break to eat some nourishing food early is probably a good idea.

I would recommend this class to people.

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