Natural Dyeing and Shibori Byron Community College

Natural Dyeing and Shibori

Natural Dyeing and Shibori

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

This two day introductory workshop will give you the chance to discover the magic of extracting colour and imprints from plants, using leaves, flowers, and roots onto fabric.

During the course you will be shown several SHIBORI techniques, which is the Japanese word for tie-dyeing, by using stitching, clamping, folding, twisting, and compressing to create intricate patterns.

The nature of plant-dyeing is in itself, a slow process, that requires time, heat and patience! And is very satisfying... each bundle drawn from the pot, is like opening a present from nature. You will be amazed at the transformative properties of plants that give an array of beautiful colours. Additonal materials $50

What to bring

  • Scissors
  • 1 ball of string
  • Quick-un-pick
  • Strong, polyester thread (preferably dark colour) needles and some identifying buttons or beads (as things go astray in pots)
  • A SMALL collection of pre-washed natural fabrics in white or natural for experimentation eg. silk, wool, cotton, hemp, linen etc
  • A4 folder with clear sleeves for notes and samples
  • Wear old clothes and shoes
  • A plastic bag if you have one (to put wet experiments in if still wet)
  • Good quality watercolour paper (300gsm) if you want to experiment with paper
  • Refreshments and lunch
  • $50 to pay tutor at first class for materials

Important information

Once your enrolment is completed you will receive a confirmation email. This email will be your receipt and inform you of the dates, time and venue of your course, it will also let you know of anything you need to take to class with you.

Please make sure that you give us a valid email address and mobile number as any course changes will be communicated via sms or email.

Students are required to be 15 years old and above at the time of enrolment.

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We keep our class sizes small so that you get a better experience. Avoid disappointment, enrol early!

Course testimonials:

  • I really enjoyed this course. To spend a couple of days creating beautiful designs with like minded people was very special and Anne the tutor really knows her stuff. You’ll come away with some beautiful pieces and a passion for creating more.
  • Great course highly recommend. Very experienced and knowledgeable tutor with many practical skills to share.
  • Anne was a fabulous teacher with a wealth of knowledge that she generously shared with all the class. It was so much fun playing with the different plants and materials. I am addicted and will be continuing with my exploration of the plant dyeing realm. Thank you.