Natural Dyes: A First Dip


RHS Garden Rosemoor, EX38 8PH

RHS Garden Rosemoor, EX38 8PH


Great Torrington Rosemoor
EX38 8PH


RHS Garden Rosemoor


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  • Course running time

    Saturday 9 July 2022, 10.30am–4.30pm

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    Natural dyeing

Learn the basics of natural dyeing and create a dyed silk scarf to take home with you. This course offers a hands-on introduction to natural dyes and their rich and ancient history. You will learn how to prepare fibres, yarns, fabrics and dyes, and how to mordant materials. By the end of the day, you will have prepared and dyed a silk scarf using natural dyes.

Isabella's interest in natural dyes was ignited after a lecture on indigo given by artist Jenny Balfour-Paul. She began working with natural dyes and started to research individual trade histories of dyestuffs, specifically orchil, a purple dye obtained from lichens. Isabella combines her studio work dyeing scarves and shawls with teaching, writing and research: she is a short course tutor at West Dean College and a Member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.

Allergens: Please note that nuts may be used on the course as a dye source, and equipment may have had contact with nuts

A scarf may be purchased on the day, from £5–20. All other materials and equipment will be provided. Lunch and refreshments included. 

Tutor: Isabella Whitworth

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