Natural Dyeing and Shibori Workshop on the Merri Creek.


What: Natural Dyeing & Shibori Workshop

When: Saturday August 19, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Where: 1/177 Beavers Rd. Northcote

Includes: All materials, grazing food, organic wine & fairtrade tea

Book: http://www.putyourheartintoit.com.au/workshops

Enquiries: workshops@putyourheartintoit.com.au



Enjoy an afternoon of learning to identify suitable plants, how to extract colour and even how to get multiple colours from the same plant. We will start with a quick explore of the Merri Creek bank for any suitable plants then return to the studio to prepare the dye pots. There will be a range of colours dependent on seasonal availability, these will include common kitchen scraps, local plants and exotic dyes. You will learn how to use plants to create eco-prints on fabric and open up bundles that have been prepared earlier.

Choose a garment from our rack of pre-loved clothes, pillow cases or table linen to dye with shibori resist techniques in the class indigo vat or purchase one of our organic hemp/cotton tote bags, linen tea towels or cotton scarves to dye and take home.

 Your teacher:

Roz Slade is a Melbourne textile designer and maker interested in supporting society’s deep social connection to textiles and nurturing an interest in the therapeutic act of hand-making. After graduating Textile Design and Development at RMIT, where she majored in weave and printmaking, she stepped away from the ethical drift of fast fashion and textile waste, to create a modest range of high-quality products featuring sustainable methods and ethically sourced materials under the brand Be Kind Textiles.

Spending the following years exploring every craft within her reach in her own personal practice, she is sharing her results and a lifelong love of art and textiles with willing students.





We create a beautiful, warm atmosphere to make you feel at home in our cosy, plant filled studio. We encourage attendees to slow down, share stories and take the opportunity to connect with others in our community.

We are proud to support local artists, ethical businesses and community groups and we consider our impact on the earth it’s people in every aspect of our business. We are always learning and improving our processes.

 Extra info:

All workshop topics available as a customised private workshop with a min of x10 at our studio or at a location of your choice. We also offer sustainable event management, catering - grazing tables, lighting & floristry. We cater for all diets - vegan, lactose & gluten free.


Put Your Heart Into it Studios lives inside of Big Bang Studios nestled on the banks of the Merri Creek: 1 / 177 Beavers Road Northcote. Please drive to the very end of Beavers Road and you will come to a dead end near the Merri Creek. Come past the glass doors on the left, large black garage roller door, then past the red door. Then enter left via the bark mulched garden onto the deck and we are the second door along.

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Class Schedule

What you will learn
  • Eco-friendly, sustainable and easy ways of dyeing fabric and yarn
  • How to identify and use local plants and foods to harvest colour to dye fabric and create eco-prints
  • Learn about suitable fibers and how to mordant and alter natural dyes as well as the shibori technique
What you will get
  • Information sheet with techniques used during the workshop
  • Your own up-cycled piece of clothing to take home. We will have a rack of beautiful white natural fabric pre-loved clothes you can choose from on the day in varied sizes and shapes for you to dye in the class indigo vat.
  • Fabric/yarn samples from each of the dye pots
  • A grazing table of local produce for afternoon tea including wine, tea and coffee.

What to bring
  • Piece of secondhand clothing/linen to upcycle if you wish (Natural fabric only linen/cotton/silk)
What to wear

Clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty


Put Your Heart Into It

Vendor sincce 2015

Put Your Heart Into It is a collaborative team hosting insightful and creative events and workshops in and around Melbourne and Country Victoria. Our mission is to create sustainable and eco-conscious experiences that not only inspire but aim to promote a slower lifestyle, where simplicity and community involvement are cultivated as well as nurturing a hands-on approach to getting creative.

Events and workshops are run in ever-changing and intricately styled spaces that are sure to inspire and promote creativity. Each experience offers you the chance to meet some incredible new people, graze on delicious, sustainable and locally sourced produce as well as gaining a wealth of knowledge to set you on your path to creativity.

Our team includes an array of artists and professionals that have worked within their fields of expertise for many years, so as to offer you the best knowledge possible. We love collaborating with non for profit and ethically minded businesses, community groups and schools and can customise a creative eventor workshop to suit your needs.

Experiences can be as simple or complex as required and we can offer a diverse range of disciplines andcreative pursuits. The Put Your Heart Into It team can create an all-round experience that will leave everyone feeling inspired. For more information on our workshops and events, as well as tailored experiences, please get in touch.

We also offer eco-concious event planning services, customised hens parties, workshops for corporates and birthdays. As well as our popular catering service of intricately styled grazing tables of local & organic produce, wedding and event styling including floristry installations. 

Located at Big Bang Studios. 1/177 Beavers Road Northcote 3070

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Cancelation & Refund Policy

Please note that refunds are not available for any reason. If you are unable to attend a workshop you may transfer your place into someone else's name.  We have minimum numbers for each workshop and in the rare case we don’t meet them you will receive a full refund. If we need to cancel a workshop or event for any reason, we may do so at any time before the workshop is scheduled to begin. You will receive a full refund or you can choose to attend another workshop of the same value within a 12 month period.We encourage you to take photos at our workshops to post on social media using #putyourheartintoit @putyourheartintoit

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29 August 2017 • Natural Dyeing and Shibori Workshop on the Merri Creek.

This workshop was so much fun! The venue was beautiful, inside and out. The food was delicious and displayed as a work of art. I learnt so much about natural dyeing and left feeling excited to keep experimenting at home.


25 May 2017 • Natural Dyeing and Shibori Workshop on the Merri Creek.

I really enjoyed the natural dyeing work shop on Mother's Day. The day was relaxing and sitting on the deck looking out at the trees and creek was gorgeous. Thank you so much for the experience.


24 May 2017 • Natural Dyeing and Shibori Workshop on the Merri Creek.

This class was excellent value. The atmosphere was great and the leaders made it a welcoming as well as informative hands on experience. The geazing food was absolutely fantastic. They even offered wine. I would definitely go to another workshop from these two.

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