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Natural Dyeing with Rob Jones

6 hour class
Learn how to dye with indigo and natural dyes using Shibori. Learn the basic binding techniques and then dye a series of samples using natural dyes and indigo.
Natural Dyeing with Rob Jones
by Fabrications
Natural Dyeing with Rob Jones by Fabrications - crafts in London

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What you will do

6 hour class


In this beautiful class you will learn how to dye cloth and wool in a variety of shades and tones using natural dyes from plants, lichens, rust and even tea! With Designer Maker Rob Jones, the class also combines the Japanese art of 'Shibori' (stitch & bound resist patterns). You will also dye a silk scarf with a design and colour combination of your choice.

You will use different bindings to resist dye and create pattern including the basic kamosage knot used to secure all bound work and how to make the kumo (spiderweb), hitta (binding with beads) and tesuji (stripes) patterns using binding.

You will also understand different natural mordanting and dyeing methods, including how to mordant your fabrics with Myrobalan, Aluminium acetate and iron and how to dye your fabrics with the following natural plant dyes and indigo.

  • Tansy (yellow)
  • Madder/Bloodroot (red)
  • Madder/Bloodroot and Tansy (orange)
  • Tansy and indigo (green)
  • Myrobalan and indigo (teal green)
  • Indigo (blue)
  • Madder and Indigo (purple)
  • Tea (brown)
  • Tea with rusty iron (brown and black)

Finally, you will learn how to overdye with indigo and modify colours with Iron and unpick your finished work to reveal your designs!

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Class location

7 Broadway Market, Hackney
E8 4PH

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Natural Dyeing with Rob Jones by Fabrications - crafts in London

About your host, Fabrications

Fabrications - an East London based creative hub!

Fabrications is an independent gallery, shop and workshop dedicated to the best contemporary textile practice and design, with a particular interest in eco-conscious design.

Fabrications opened in June 2000 in a refurbished derelict shop on Broadway Market in Hackney, East London. The shop's founder, Barley Massey, has spent the last 20 years finding ingenious ways to turn scraps into original fabrics and using recycled materials to create cutting-edge items. Since 2012, "The Imaginarium", a fully-fitted working studio, has hosted workshops and classes.

Barley has been awarded as one of Kevin McCloud's (Grand Designs) Green Heroes for her minimally-processed, up-cycled products, which "demonstrate a lightness of touch backed up by a rigorous approach".

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This class is suitable for all levels. All materials and tools are provided, including pre-mordanted cotton and silk for samples as well as mini skeins of wool that you will be able to take away. Instructions on how to create and maintain your own indigo vat and how to dye with natural dye extracts and mordants will also be provided. You will take home a set of samples in a book for reference. Silk scarves, cotton hankies and cotton tote bag will be available to purchase on the day if you want to take other finished projects home with you. Yarnies pay attention: there will be mini sceins of wool available to dye and take away and use in your projects!

Flexible cancellation policy

Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.

Natural Dyeing with Rob Jones
by Fabrications
Natural Dyeing with Rob Jones by Fabrications - crafts in London
6 hour class