Dyeing with Madder and Indigo

Madder and Indigo have been used to dye fibres, yarn and textile for thousands of years and are some of the most intriguing natural dyes to work with. Join us for this exciting natural dye workshop where we explore working with not only concentrated dye extracts, but fresh madder root and indigo leaves from the FACTS dye garden.

At the end of the day you will leave with an array of wool yarns and silk samples that can be used in personal projects.

We will start the day with baked goods, coffee and tea and will have a lovely lunch provided by Cait’s Café.

All levels of experience welcome. All materials included. Wool yarn is sourced from Steele Wool Farm, Blyth.

Space is limited so register early!

Where: Picnic Shelter in the Lion’s Park, 308 Gypsy Lane in Blyth
When: Sunday,  September 20th, 10am to 5pm Rain or Shine
Workshop Cost: $150 lunch and all materials provided

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Kathy White

Madder and Indigo have been used to dye fibres, yarn and textile for thousands of years and are some of the most intriguing natural dyes to work with. Join us for this exciting natural dye workshop where we explore working with not only concentrated dye extracts, but fresh madder root and indigo leaves from the FACTS dye garden.

Fresh indigo can be processed through hot and cold dye baths to create aqua blues, while the extracted dye pigment can produce depths of deep blue. The red dye created from the madder plant come from the roots and can be used both fresh and dried. Indigo and Madder dyes can be used to create a huge range of colours when combined with mordants, modifiers and over dyeing.

Become a creative natural dye chemist for the day as we play with all of the processes involved with madder and indigo. We will be using both wool yarn and silk samples in our experiments.

At the end of the day you will leave with an array of wool yarns and silk samples that can be used in personal projects.

The workshop is lead by Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston the director of FACTS. Jennifer has been dyeing professionally for over 25 years and started working with natural dyes in 2006.

Breakfast, lunch, fruit and beverages provided throughout the day.

All materials included. Wool yarn is sourced from Steele Wool Farm, Blyth.

Space is limited so register early!

Where: Picnic Shelter in the Lion’s Park, 308 Gypsy Lane in Blyth
When: Sunday,  September 20th, 10am to 5pm Rain or Shine
Workshop Cost: $150 lunch and all materials provided

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