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Introduction to Natural Dyeing

This course will provide you with a thorough introduction to dyeing with natural materials. Mainly these will have been gathered locally but we will also use some traditional but more unusual dye plants such as madder and weld which we grow in the BPCG dye garden.

We’ll be dyeing with leaves, flowers and roots, so there’ll be plenty of exposure to different methods of extracting dye.

We’ll cover the essentials of transferring colour found in plants onto wool and silk including:

  • Preparing the fibre
  • Use of different mordants
  • Sourcing dyestuffs
  • Preparing and working with natural dye baths
  • Modifying the colours in various ways to create multiple shades
  • Gathering and storing natural dyestuffs
  • Keeping records of dye experiments

You will go away with samples of wool that you have dyed in the workshop and there’ll be an opportunity too for you to buy silk scarves that you can dye in the workshop and take home.

You will need to bring a packed lunch.

This workshop is run by Mette Lindahl-Wise, an indie dyer based in Herne Hill. She draws on the British approach to dyeing with natural materials as well as on the Scandinavian tradition which can be traced back to the Viking ages.

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Green Woodworking – Making a Spoon Part 2

The Green Woodworking Group at BPCG make things from green wood (freshly cut-down trees) using hand tools and traditional methods. Working with axes, knives, chisels etc., Green Woodworking is about getting to know and creatively responding to wood; making functional objects – spoons, spatulas, chairs, stools and much more. We have a pole lathe and shaving horse, a few tools and a fair amount of wood.

At this session, we will (hopefully) be completing our spoons. It is a continuation of our session on August 6th.

Would you like to join in? You’d be learning and practising some foundation skills, making a little something to take away, to give to BPCG, and/or helping with building up the group’s resources.

You’ll need to be over 18. Please wear stout shoes (no flip-flops, sandals, canvas shoes).

This is a free workshop but please do book a free ticket.

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Green Woodworking – Make a Spoon part 1

The Green Woodworking Group at BPCG make things from green wood (freshly cut-down trees) using hand tools and traditional methods. Working with axes, knives, chisels etc., Green Woodworking is about getting to know and creatively responding to wood; making functional objects – spoons, spatulas, chairs, stools and much more. We have a pole lathe and shaving horse, a few tools and a fair amount of wood.

At this session, we will be learning to make a spoon.  We will be continuing the session on Sunday 13th August.

Would you like to join in? You’d be learning and practising some foundation skills, making a little something to take away, to give to BPCG, and/or helping with building up the group’s resources.

You’ll need to be over 18. Please wear stout shoes (no flip-flops, sandals, canvas shoes).

This is a free workshop but please do book a free ticket.

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Crafty Christmas

Deck the halls with boughs of holly (and glittery pine cones and twig stars).

Come one, come all and get in the Christmas spirit with our natural decoration-making drop-in. We’ll have a long table of crafty delights at the ready for you to to pick and choose.

This session is for all ages – children accompanied by guardians and adults.

You can drop in any time during the session but please let us know you are coming by booking a free ticket below so that we know numbers.

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