Indigo Blue: The magic of indigo dyeing

Battlefield - Indigo Blue: The magic of indigo dyeing

Saturday 30.6.2018
From 10:00 Up to 16:00
GBBattlefieldCamphill AveG41 3AX
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Experience the magic of indigo dyeing and learn the steps involved in creating your own indigo vat in this full-day workshop with horticulturist and natural dyer Julia Billings. This workshop is an introduction to indigo and is suitable for anyone with an interest in textile processes. 
After preparing our vat together, we’ll take time while it rests to look into the history of this old and venerated dyestuff and the various different kinds of vats you can choose to work with. We’ll prepare yarn and fabric to dye both solid colours and patterning (using shibori methods, such as clamping, binding and stitching) and then dip them in the vat multiple times to achieve a range of shades. 
Over the course of the workshop, we’ll cover the key aspects of dyeing with indigo (fibre preparation, creating and maintaining a vat at home, over-dyeing to create complex colours, safe handling and disposal and other tips and tricks) and you’ll have the chance to dye small pieces brought from home- please feel free to bring along items made from natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, linen, wool, leather and wood.
You'll take away samples of yarn and fabric dyed in the workshop, comprehensive notes on all the processes and recipes covered and the skills to set up, dye with and maintain your own indigo vat. 
Lunch, snacks and drinks included.
Please wear clothes that can take a splash or two of indigo and bring a notebook and pen with you. This workshop will take place in Julia's third floor flat- if you have any questions, or wish to discuss accessibility before booking, please contact Julia via
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