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!

CERES members and concession holders are entitled to a 10% discount. Enter "ceresmember" under the promotion and gifts code field.

*Please note that the CERES member or concession discount does not apply to "Bring-A-Friend" tickets which are already discounted

This workshop is wheelchair accessible

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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11 June 2018 • Natural Dyeing with Ilka White

The natural dyeing workshop with Ilka White was such a great opportunity to learn from a skilled and generous teacher. Being a hands-on workshop the information we were given could be applied and we had ample opportunity to ask many questions and have answered by Ilka who has a wealth of knowledge and an approach to teaching that makes the learning interesting and accessible. A really worthwhile workshop.


28 April 2018 • Natural Dyeing with Ilka White

Ilka lead a magical class where ancient craft met playful experimentation. Her passion and skill was infectious and illuminating how skills in natural dying helped one see ‘the hidden palate of nature’ was revelatory. Thanks so much for your detail and generosity. Kate


25 April 2018 • Natural Dyeing with Ilka White

Ilka White is a fantastic teacher. It was a fun relaxing course but we learned so much, Thank you Ilka!

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