There were 5 attendees who had either dabbled in natural dyeing or never done it before and wanted to know how.
The plan was to get 6 skeins from the day BUT more importantly I wanted them to really understand how to do get good colours. My approach to natural dyeing is to use my science background and to teach natural dyeing scientifically. After all until 1856 when the first synthetic dye was discovered all dyes had been naturally based. They were not all dull or patchy. Norwich, historically had the reputation of being the place to get your dyeing done so something to live up to!
We had a range of protein fibres in the group, including some 2 sorts of fleece.
The class were great and worked really hard and we got some stunning bright and bold colours from cochineal. Remember these are people who were not experienced natural dyers and we were doing it outside!
We did an indigo dip to extend the range and Michael (DH) was in charge of that and the chemicals. Real chemistry for him again!
These are a couple of shots of some of the skeins, exhaust from dye bath one has been taken home to extend the range.
A great bunch, lots of really good questions and 'what if's'. This is what learning is all about. Really looking forward to session two and three where we use important Norfolk
Heritage plant dyes and then see the wonderful dyeing we can do with weeds!
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