Introduction to Natural Garden Dye

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Introduction to Natural Garden Dye

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Introduction To Natural Garden Dye
Sunday, 28th July, 9:30am-4:30pm

$150, payment by phone (02) 4759 3478 or in store please.

Food and fabric are fundamentally related, all the food we eat grows from the soil and so does the clothing that we wear including cotton or linen. Somewhere along the way we have become disconnected from both the foods we put into our bodies and the clothes we wear. As the slow food and sustainable clothing  movement is gathering momentum this workshop offers an exciting opportunity to start our conversation about reconnecting to the earth through a creative process of natural dyeing. Natural dye is an ancient tradition that has existed for centuries, practiced by many different cultures and civilisations. Traditionally natural dye methods were used to extract colours before the industrial revolution and introduction of synthetic dyes. 

What to Expect:

After you learn about the plants and flowers in and around your garden and neighbourhood that are not only edible and/or medicinal but produce stunning colours on cloth, you will never look at plants in the same way!

In this workshop we will identify plants in the garden that are edible and are also a good source of colour. We will explore different techniques and learn about how the colours are absorbed on different fibres. You will leave this workshop with an understanding of the many sources and properties of natural materials and how to use them to create dyes.

The workshop will cover:

  • Preparation and use of natural dyes;

  • Learn how to create different dyeing effects;

  • Learn some basic eco printing techniques and effects;

  • Learn some basic compost dyeing techniques and effects.

    About Your Tutor:

    Samorn Sanixay was born in Laos and is the co-founder of Eastern Weft, a small weaving cooperative based in Vientiane, Laos. Eastern Weft supports young women of ethnic minority Hill tribes through traditional weaving textile crafts. With 15 years experience in sustainable textile production, Samorn is excited to share her knowledge and ignite your passion for backyard gardening and sustainable craft and textiles.

    What is Included:

  • 1 x plain handwoven silk scarf (rrp $80 each) 

  • Seasonal, natural materials (berries, flowers & plants) all home grown by Samorn

  • All necessary equipment

  • 1 x Unbleached cotton to use during class

  • 1x Merino wool fabric to use during class 

  •  1x plain calico tote bag for dyeing in class 

    BYO lunch or purchase treats at Lyttleton Stores.

    Volunteer Position:

    Lyttleton is now offering 1 volunteer position per workshop, if you are interested in volunteering for a workshop you will need to come in for a volunteer induction. Workshop volunteers must be members and they will receive a 20% discount for 1 week if they volunteer for a half day workshop (4 hours) and for 2 weeks if they volunteer for a full day workshop. They will also get to learn new skills and help the tutor during the workshop. If you are interested in volunteering please contact workshops@lyttletonstores.com.au 2-6  weeks prior to the workshop commencement date.

    Cancellation Policy:

    Please note that workshops are non-refundable, however, if you notify us of the cancellation within 48 hours we can give you a workshop credit and you are able to apply this to a different workshop.

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