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Natural Dyeing with Ilka White



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Plants have been used to dye fibre and fabric for thousands of years and a beautiful natural palette is still available to you without the need for harmful chemicals. Local weeds or kitchen off-cuts can offer harmonious hues in a range of values and intensity. This hands-on workshop introduces a selection of local colour possibilities, as well as discussing fibre types, mordanting options and safety of dyes. Shibori techniques will also be used to produce patterned cloth. Come and discover some of nature’s hidden sources of colour!

Please bring to the class: 

1. A Bucket

2. Large sealable jars / containers to take dye home in.

3. Notebook and pencil

4. Your lunch, snacks to sustain you and a water bottle. 

5. Optional: As many Avocado pips, Sourgrass flowers (yellow oxalis) and Onion skins as you can collect 

(separate red from brown).

Ilka will bring Fabric samples and other dyestuffs.

*Wear old, casual clothes you wouldn't mind splashing.

Trainer Bio:

Ilka White is an artist, designer and maker of textiles. Her work often responds to the forces at play within the natural world and reflects the principals of sustainability. She is a great believer in the ability of beauty and creativity to lift the spirit. An experienced teacher, Ilka's popular classes also reflect her love of the handmade, and her contemporary use of traditional making methods.


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What you will learn
  • Natural dyes to use
  • Colour possibilities
  • Dyeing techniques
What you will get
  • Notes and dyes to take home

What to bring
  • Rubber gloves and a bucket
  • Scissors, note pad and pen
  • Lunch, water bottle and snacks to sustain you
  • Large sealable jars / container to take home dyes
  • As many Avocado pips, onion skins as you can collect (separate red from brown).
What to wear

Old clothing or an apron

Appropriate for

Those interested in using nature to add colour



Vendor since 2013

CERES - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.

It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.

Built on a decommissioned rubbish tip that was once a bluestone quarry, today CERES is a vibrant eco-oasis. 350,000 people visit CERES each year. Many more engage with us through our Sustainable Schools program which takes sustainable education into schools across the state.

CERES’ green technology displays, buildings, education and training programs and social enterprises (CERES’ Organic Market, Café, Permaculture Nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiencies, renewables and water conservation in action.

CERES is a model for a future with sustainability, innovation and connectedness at its heart.

Come, be welcome, you never know what you will find on our rambling paths.

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

Cancellations and Refunds

CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers.

If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.
If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee.
If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

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16 September 2019 • Natural Dyeing with Ilka White

Very good instructor, well organised day full of activity and learning.


30 June 2019 • Natural Dyeing with Ilka White

Ilka's workshop was sensational! She has a wealth of knowledge and experience and I learnt so much about natural dyeing, both practical and theoretical. Her respectful, caring and generous approach to teaching and learning left me filled with admiration and excitement as I now embark on my own natural dyeing adventures. Five out of five stars!


25 June 2019 • Natural Dyeing with Ilka White

Fabulous workshop that demystified the world of natural dyeing. Ilka's wealth of knowledge and passion for natural dyeing is what made the day so engaging and informative. Lots of wow moments as gum leaves bubbled away in pots transforming pieces of fabric from neutral to the most beautiful shades of nature.

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