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Natural Dye Plant Walk

*** IF YOU STILL WISH TO COME TO THIS, THERE ARE A FEW TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE GATE FROM METTE, BUT NO MORE ONLINE BOOKING, SORRY! ***

Come take a walk to discover the numerous flowers, leaves, roots, and barks growing in Brockwell Park and the Greenhouse Dye garden, that can be used to create natural dyes and colour. We’ll start off in the BPCG dye garden and then go for a wander in Brockwell Park to identify a number of trees or plants that give long-lasting wonderful colours on animal fibres like wool and silk.

There will be a short session at the end demonstrating materials that have been harvested previously and/or purchased and the lovely colours that can be achieved on wool and silk.

This session would be a good introduction for people who are curious about dyeing with natural materials and/or for more experienced dyers who want to learn more about what native/local plants are suitable for dyeing.

Note that this session does not involve any hands-on dyeing nor any gathering of material.

There are 2 free tickets on this workshop for BPCG volunteers.  Please contact Kate on director@brockwellgreenhouses.org.uk if you would like one of these!

This walk is led 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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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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Natural Dye Workshop

Natural Dyeing at the Greenhouses

Diane Sullock and Penny Walsh, our very experienced natural dye practitioners, are running a plant dye workshop when they will teach you environmentally sound methods of the preparation and use of plant dyes on a variety of small fabric and yarn samples.

Diane and Penny will also take you around the Greenhouses dye gardens where you will see our range of natural dye plants and you will be able to gather some of the plant dye material.

 

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Summer in the Greenhouses

This week in the garden, temperatures are predicted to be up around 28 degrees, so it is safe to say that summer is really here! This means we will be kept busy watering the garden. Areas to keep a particular eye on are those where plants find it hard to tolerate dry conditions, in particular the fern bank […]

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Natural Dyeing workshop

Natural Dyeing at the Greenhouses

A plant dye workshop will offer practice in environmentally sound methods of the preparation and use of plant dyes on a variety of small fabric and yarn plant samples.

You will be taken on a tour of the Greenhouses dye gardens where some of the plant material can be gathered.

 

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