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Indigo and Woad Dyeing with Fiona Eastwood

Sat 13 July
10:30 am
- 4:00 pm


Learn about Indigo and Woad Dyeing with Fiona Eastwood


In this workshop participants will be use leaves and natural indigo pigment to make a vat to produce beautiful blues on fabric and yarn. You will be able to see woad and Japanese indigo in the museum Dye Garden and learn how to grow them.

You will learn how to prepare fabric for dyeing e.g. cotton, wool, silk, and linen and produce samples using the different vats to compare the depth of blue produced.

Indigo dyeing is a magical process to watch as the fabric changes from yellow to blue as it comes out of the dye pot and hits the air!

This workshop is for beginners or those wanting to gain more experience of dyeing with indigo.

Tickets include lunch.

Workshop Leader

Fiona is a weaver and dyer who has a BA hon from Camberwell School of Art and a post graduate teaching degree from the London Institute for Education.

She helps manage the Dye Garden at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft.

Fiona finds the entire process; from growing the dye plants from seed, dyeing the yarns, and using them for her textile work extremely rewarding.

She is fascinated by the distinctive characteristics of plants and the range of colours achievable. Her aim is to help others reconnect with nature and explore the potential of growing and foraging for dye plants so they can use natural dyeing in their creative practice.

She has run natural dyeing workshops for the National Trust, Forest School Association and one to one workshop for artists and local schools. Recently, she collaborated with Omeima Mudawi-Rowlings MBE on the installation ‘Drawn to the Light’ (نور), part of ‘Double Weave: Bourne and Allen Modernist Textiles’ at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft.

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