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!

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 to bring
  • Rubber gloves
  • Scissors
  • Bucket
  • Large sealable jar / container
  • Notepad and Pen
What to wear

Old clothing or an apron

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03 December 2018 • Natural Dyeing with Ilka White

I attended the Natural Dye Workshop with Ilka at CERES, it was amazing to see all these colours in the fabric coming out from boiling plants! Ilka was always answering our multiple questions about this and that. The course is a nice introduction to Dye and lets you do the basic stuff, but the topic is very vast and there is much more research I need to do to make more colors with other plants! It opened a new whole world to me! I particularly liked the environmental-friendly focus of this workshop and learning how to recycle/reuse/dispose the dyeing elements. If I missed something is that we had a little introduction about the participants to have an idea of our motivation to attend the workshop, I believe we all had interesting stories to tell! Overall highly recommended to attend the course. If you do, bring at least 10 glass jars to bring some dye bath back home!!


14 September 2018 • Natural Dyeing with Ilka White

It was wonderful from start to finish! I learned a lot about what I can use to dye (from weeds, leaves and common things at home like onion skins, avocado pips and tumeric), the method and we were encouraged to experiment. It was also fun. We took home samples of the different dyes and materials and I quickly placed this in a folder for ease of reference. And I have been dyeing all this week! Thank you so much Ilka. I would recommend the day!


12 September 2018 • Natural Dyeing with Ilka White

One of the best one-day courses I’ve been to. Really succinct and hands on. Leant so much in a short amount of time. Ilka was so lovely, and really passionate about what she does. Really inspiring!

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