Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to drive out to the country – Blackbutt way – and participate in a most informative and well organised workshop in the craft of eco dyeing of papers. This class was an introduction to the basics for raw beginners, and was so clearly set out that all the participants came away with quite a bit of knowledge and some wonderful samples and documentation of what we had done during the day. We are undoubtedly keen to experiment further and perhaps carry it over into exploring eco dyeing of fabrics. I have an India Flint book ( Eco Colour) which is very comprehensive and tells us what we need to know about dyeing fabrics using natural plant matter; however a hands on class such as the one we did, which was so informative and practical in a short space of time was a wonderful way to learn some of the ways to proceed. The class was not overwhelming, had just the right amount of content, and our tutor patiently walked us through step by step, followed by a sharing of many leaves, flowers and berries from which we could choose our own selections to create individual papers with amazing effects. Whilst our samples were small (as we had to build 4 separate “tile sandwiches” in order to dye our papers and then later, to unpack them and discover the wonderful leaf and flower imprints and colours produced) they were perfect for sample purposes to keep as reference pieces, along with the notes we made on prepared sheets. These will help us achieve the results we want in the future. They are so delicious though, I want to use mine in some projects!! so I have photographed all my papers as a record, and thus wik be able to use the real ones!!
We had a ball! The class was held by Judy Kennedy at Ros Shekelton’s quilting studio at Benarkin; contact Ros on facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org