Natural Fabric Dyeing Workshop at Sew Make Create

Dye fabrics and a silk scarf with natural dyes

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Special Offer! $16 off the class fee for our last Natural Dyeing Workshop for the year - now only $166 per person.

Ever wondered how to get beautiful colours from nature? Are you interested in whetting your creative appetite in a new and sustainable way?

This introductory, 4 hour, workshop will focus on natural dye methods with low environmental impacts. Learn how to look for potential sources of colour, use foraged botanicals, kitchen waste, and often overlooked pantry items. We will also identify areas for further exploration and generate thought provoking discussions on the current use of natural dyes and future trends.

We will extract colour together from ingredients like avocados, onion skins, turmeric, eucalyptus, flowers and foliage, to dye various fabric samples, dye a silk scarf using basic shibori methods, and you will see a demonstration of bundle dyeing using flowers, leaves and steam.

Each participant will take home:-

  • their newly dyed fabric samples (perfect to turn into a creative project such as patchwork and applique), and a silk shibori patterned scarf
  • notes covering fabric preparation (mordanting choices), dye preparation techniques, recommended dyestuffs, expected outcomes and care instructions for their dyed items
  • recommended further reading and resource list

You will also get tips and tricks in achieving good dyeing results along the way. And go home with confidence and an appetite to explore natural colour in a sustainable and fun way.

Please note – the natural indigo process is not included in this workshop as that involves an entire separate process, however Karen brings her knowledge and experience of this working with natural indigo pigment and shares tips of what she has learnt along the way.

About Karen Tam

Karen Tam is a Textile Designer and studied for 2 years at Ultimo Tafe in Textile Design and Development (illustration, dyes, screenprint and digital printing). She currently has her own textiles practice and label,Karen Tam Designs, and incorporates natural dyes to create her sublime textiles. Karen also freelances on various design work for private clients. She is passionate about sharing her love of dyeing and using environmentally friendly methods.

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What you will learn
  • Learn about natural dye methods with low environmental impacts
  • How to find potential sources of colour, like used foraged botanicals and flowers
  • How create your own natural dye baths at home
What you will get
  • A silk scarf the you have dyed using shibori dyeing techniques
  • A collection of dyed fabric samples for reference or craft project
  • Class notes on dyeing preparation, fabric care and further inspiration

What to bring
  • All tools and materials are provided
What to wear


Appropriate for

16+ and above


Sew Make Create

Vendor since 2015

Sew Make Create is a workshop and retail space in Sydneys creative suburb of Chippendale. We hold casual, creative classes and social events for children and adults. Customers are also welcome to use the space to work on their own personal projects or hire a sewing machine on an hourly basis. The workshop welcomes everyone to gather and work amongst others over a cup of tea and have a creative experience.

Sew Make Create aims to encourage learning and creativity through providing the right environment, assistance and facilities.

Sew Make Create is the vision of fashion and accessory designer, Melissa Tan-Lu. She combines her love of eco-friendly design, handcrafting techniques and industry experience to create a collaborative space where designers, artists, entrepreneurs and the community can meet.

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Refund & Cancellation Policy

Sew Make Create requires 48 hours notice via email prior to the start of a class or event for a full refund or transfer.  Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. We do not offer refunds for missed classes. There are no fees for refunds or transfers. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email Sew Make Create to organise a refund or transfer

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Terms & Conditions

You can cancel a booking, postpone or swap classes up to 7 days prior to the class date to receive a full refund. If you wish to cancel your booking less than 7 days prior to the start of class we cannot guarantee a full refund unless another booking fills your spot. You are welcome to offer your spot to a friend to avoid losing your paid class fee. If you cancel, postpone or swap classes less than 7 days prior to the start of class a small re-booking, administration fee may apply to avoid losing your full paid class fee, so you aren’t left out of pocket.

Sorry, there will be no refunds for cancellations or “Change of Mind” after a class has been attended and the course has commenced. For cancellations and changes due to exceptional circumstances such as family issues or emergencies, each case will be looked at individually.

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