Do I need to dye equipment to join the online introduction to dyeing with plants?
No - you don't need any dye pots or the like during the workshop. The workshop is a mix of theory and practice – like live demos of how I mordant my fabrics. I'd like you to be able to focus on the workshop, and your questions.
If you do want to work alongside the workshop, you can! One or two days after the live class you will receive a link to download a recording that you can rewatch whenever you want.
If you'd like to read more about equipment you might need for plant dyeing, there's a post on the blog about just that.
Are plant dyes colourfast? Can I use them to dye clothing?
This one is difficult to answer – colourfastness varies. But yes, wearables or hometextiles can of course be dyed with plants. There are many factors that determine things like light- and washfastness: selecting appropriate dye plants for your purpose, preparing the fibre, proper mordanting and dyeing. And how dyed textiles are used and cleaned also plays a roll here. You can find some suggestions on how to care for naturally dyed goods here.
When are the next in-studio workshops?
Covid regulations currently do not allow events like workshops indoors. Once I am able to offer them, you will find new dates online or in your inbox by signing up to the newsletter. But the workshops aren't going anywhere, and I truly cannot wait to open the studio for them again.
Workshops will very likely still have to follow some safety rules – I value both your and my health! That will probably include things like saving your contact information for a few weeks, masks, open windows and smaller groups in the studio, possibly a current negative rapid test. I ask for your understanding and your help in making them safe for all of us.
Do you accept commissions and offer production dyeing?
Yes, I also love to dye a variety of textiles in small editions for labels or projects. So far, that has included fine and medium yarns for weaving and knitting, very thick yarn for woven rugs, but also fabrics for product wrapping, and entire items of clothing made of cotton, linen and silk.
Please get in touch, if you'd like to collaborate!
Natural fibers and plant dyes are variable, and many factors influence the dye result – so before dyeing bigger lots, I usually dye samples of your respective product first. After this first colour development small editions can also be dyed. Depending on the project this first development phase is billed hourly/by days.