What you will do
You will learn the basic difference in techniques between dyeing plant based fabric ( cotton and linen) and animal based fabric (silk and wool). The morning will be spent dyeing samples of cotton and the afternoon working with silk.
Some of the dyeing techniques include shibori, used in tie-dyeing .
My teaching is not prescriptive. I’ll show you examples and techniques and off you go! My favourite comment from a student was ‘I don’t have a creative bone in my body’ before producing two beautiful silk scarves
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We ensure quality. If your class doesn't reach your expectations, we'll give your money back.
This is a Flexitime class, which means the teacher can run this class around your schedule.
Time & Location
Select a date and location you want and your teacher will get back to you to confirm their availability.
About your host, Strawberry Hill Hats
Lesley made hats for amateur theatre and after making some 30 from horrible craft felt decided to learn how to do it properly. She went to London College of Fashion and learned how to block straw, sinamay and felt, and also how to make sewn hats.
She works in a studio in Wimbledon and during the two Open Studios a year listens to what people say about hats. They say they don't suit hats; hats are expensive and only worn once; even if worn more than once the need to be stored; they'll be damaged if packed in a suitcase. Lesley believes that making stylish, easy-care everyday hats will encourage people to wear them.
Lesley has devised a pattern for a sewn hat. One size fits all. It can be made in anything from calico to silk, and dressed up or down. It is packable. It can be made in a day from your fabric of choice. The calico example has been tried on a number of sceptical ladies who have been pleasantly surprised by how good they look in it.
From making blocked hats out of commercial felt Lesley decided to explore hand made felt as a fabric for hats and became fascinated with all things related to wet-felting and what could be done with it. Hats, scarves, wraps, gloves, slippers, vessels and large wearables such as dresses and jackets. The possibilities are endless, it seems.
Dye stains your hands so protective gloves should be worn. I provide plastic gloves but those with particular requirements should bring their own. Light refreshments and snacks are provided. If more than that is required, there is a Tesco nearby, and a microwave available.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.