The Art of Botanical Dyeing with Petal Plum
In this full day immersive workshop you’ll learn the basics of dyeing onto fabric and yarn using plants, flowers, leaves, compost and kitchen scraps. This workshop is a little bit science, a little bit art, a little bit crazy, and a whole lot of magic! You’ll be guided to create colour using the plants and flowers around us, and shown the possibilities of your own garden once you go home. This workshop is aimed at giving you a foundation to continue your own dye practice, to continue exploring and experimenting.
Using various dye techniques, you’ll learn different ways of creating colour and working with cloth and yarn. We’ll talk about mordants, caring for your fabrics and yarns, sustainability in textiles and more.
We’ll create beautiful eco-print pieces on both cloth and paper, using the leaves that we find around us to discover this beautiful process.
As well as various botanical dye processes, we’ll set up a natural indigo vat to provide that oh-so-heart-stoppingly beautiful blue. Combined with this there’ll be simple Shibori and mark-making techniques to create patterns on your fabric.
Note: A basic sample materials kit is provided as part of the class cost, but if you want a full kit with lots of take home materials you can purchase this as an optional extra. The full fabric kit includes: a silk scarf, silk, cotton and linen fabrics, and yarn.
You will also be emailed an extra list of things to bring once you book, however this class is designed to work as sustainable manner as possible and so we encourage you to use what you have rather than buying a lot of expensive new materials.
If you have any questions about what to bring or about what is included, please email us!
Who is Petal Plum?
Ellie Beck is a textile artist and creative maker, working primarily with natural fibres and an instinctual process. She works with natural and botanical dyes, finding inspiration in and from nature. Ellie expresses her creative voice through loom weaving, slow-stitching, crochet, photography & styling, writing basket weaving and more. She creates pieces that speak of motherhood and self, of her place in the world, in nature, and is interested in mapping landscapes and her journey within space and life.
Ellie is a creative teacher, sharing her knowledge and passions through online classes and in real life gatherings. She loves connecting with other creatives and makers, and sees one of her skills as being able to guide people to open themselves up to their own creative voice. Ellie has taught thousands of students both online and in person, and sees each interaction as a joyful experience.
She lives a slow simple and mindful life in the rainforest in Northern NSW, with her artist / designer husband and three creative children. She’s been featured in both print publications and online websites, and occasionally writes for magazines and books.
You can connect with via her popular blog petalplum.com.au and Instagram @petalplum, where you’ll often find her sipping tea, contemplating the slow life and trying to decide which project to pick up. She’s probably surrounded by creative mess and children’s laughing.
- Use natural materials to create your own dye
- Apply natural dye to fabrics, yarn and paper
- How to create your own colour pallet from natural dyes
- A basic sample materials kit (extra materials available to purchase)
- The skills and know how to use naturally sourced materials to dye with
- Tuition and guidance through the entire process
- Your own natural dyed fabrics and paper
- Your own Indigo Shibori dyed fabric and paper
- You will be emailed a small list of things to bring once you book, like source plants for use in dyeing (Optional)
Casual (something you don't mind getting a bit of natural dye on)
All are welcome!
Vendor since 2017
Think is a combined shopfront and creative workshop venue in Thornbury founded in 2017 by Melbourne artist Maggie May (from the Middle Aisle), and musician and educator Joshua Kelly.
Think formed to nurture and support a local community of artists and creators, while simultaneously empowering people to develop creative thought through their interactions with artists’ products and workshops.
The store has a strong focus on local Australian made and ethically produced products, whilst the workshop venue connects customers directly to these makers through workshops and other creative events.
Bookings are strictly not transferable to other dates. Please double check the date of the workshop before booking, cancellations will result in forfeit of payment.
Please note there are no refunds on classes and classes cannot be switched post booking. By purchasing this class you agree to these terms and conditions. However, if you’re unable to attend please feel free to send someone else in your place.
We often take photographs during our workshops to share through our instagram @thinkthornbury or with our community. Our photographs often contain your hands while you work but may also show your face. If you do not consent to have your (or your child's) photograph taken and shared on our social media platforms and/or website please let us know before the workshop begins.
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