The Art of Natural Dyeing: Exploring Natures Palette

Level: All

Instructor: Wendy Cail (Click for Bio)

Dive into the vibrant world of natural dyes in this dynamic course, where each day blends fascinating theory with exciting hands-on practice. Unlock the secrets of natural dyeing as you learn the terminology, equipment, scouring, mordanting, and fiber types. Embark on ethical foraging adventures, uncover plant-based dye wonders, and delve into intriguing historical trivia. Experience the thrill of bundle dyeing, creating natural dye “paint,” experimenting with mordant paste printing, and the ancient art of tataki zome. Cap off your journey with the magical “dirty pot” dyeing technique. Get ready to transform raw materials into stunning works of art!

Students should bring rubber gloves, apron or work shirt, bags to transport dyed materials, garden clippers, mask (optional) notebook & pen, lots of enthusiasm. Other possible items will be discussed on first day (plants from you own garden etc.)  

Note: All participants must be 17 year or older. 

August 5 to 9 
Monday to Friday, 9:30-3:30

Members $652.50 | Non-Members $725

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Hours of Operation

Monday to Thursday

9:00am to 9:00pm

Fridays & Saturdays

9:00am to 5:00pm


12:00pm to 4:00pm

Please note, the Centre is closed on some statutory holidays.