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Natural dyeing workshop

This experimental and on-trend taster course is an ideal introduction to textile dyeing for new learners, and would also be an ideal complement to other textiles courses such as hand stitched and machine embroidery techniques or patchwork & quilting. You will learn how to prepare different fabrics, yarns & threads for dyeing using a range of different plant materials. You will create beautiful subtle colour variations using, as examples, avocado stones, onion skins, daffodil heads & nettles (and this will be dependent on their specific availability). Techniques will cover: preparing a dye bath & how to dye fibres in it, how to mordant (fix) and modify the colour of the dyed fibres.

Natural dyeing workshop (TFD253SBR)


from 9. 30am to 3. 30pm

For 2 weeks.


28 March 2020


04 April 2020


Brockley Rise Centre
Brockley Rise
Crofton Park
Se23 1pr


£90 (full)

£90 (reduced)

£90 (concession)

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To enrol call 020 8314 6959 Monday to Thursday 10am–4pm. More ways to enrol

Call: 020 8314 6959

What prior knowledge, experience and qualifications will I need?
No previous experience of fabric dyeing is necessary- just a keen interest in textile techniques & a willingness to experiment!

Learning Goals:
To experiment with hand dyeing techniques. To understand how to use specialist materials and equipment correctly and safely. To experiment with colour variation & effects. To develop a collection of samples that could be used for specific personal projects.

What teaching methods will the tutor use?
The tutor will use a range of teaching methods during the course which will include the following: Demonstration - both group and individual, one to one tuition, group work, assessment of progress, observation, discussion / question and answer sessions.

What assessment methods will the tutor use?
The course tutor will use a range of methods to assess your individual progress and achievement of your personal project work- including observation and discussion of your work, and verbal evaluation of work samples and completed projects. There is no individual learning plan agreement to complete in this class.

Will extra work be required outside the class times?

What materials will I need for the course and how much will they cost?
All the materials that you will use are included in the course fee.

What do I need to bring to the first class?
Please bring a notebook and pen, plus you may wish to record ideas and techniques with a camera or your phone. Please make sure that you wear suitable older clothes and fully covered footwear, and/or bring a protective apron to wear.

Options when finished
The department offers a wide variety of fashion and textile courses at different levels. Information about progression courses is available through the tutor, the Curriculum Leader or the online Adult Learning Lewisham programme. There are also a range of courses at a higher level offered across London and the South East by Colleges, Community and Adult Education providers and through local craftspeople. For more information about higher level courses currently available, please speak to your tutor or the Curriculum Leader.

Additional information
Please note that due to restrictions in the size of the dye baths, it will not be possible to bring in large lengths of your own fabrics to dye. You will be working with small sample lengths of fabrics and other yarns/threads that are suitable for this dyeing method, and these are provided for you.

For general enquiries and course availability information call 0208 314 3300. For more detailed information and guidance about the course:

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