Saturday 27th March to Sunday 28th March
Eco-print dyeing is a fascinating way of
printing onto fabric. Using flowers and
leaves from gardens and countryside, this is
a direct contact printing method that allows
the flora and foliage to give up their colours
and patterns. It is amazing the effects and
results that the most mundane of plants can
give. This is not vegetable dyeing but an art
of the surprising and delighting effects that
can be achieved just by wrapping plants
in cloth and steaming the bundle. The fabric
that is used is either a fine Haboti silk or a
very fine merino weave. The colours are fast
and a gentle hand wash is all that is needed
to keep the scarf looking beautiful. Each
scarf is unique in its colour and pattern.
A materials cost of £20 to cover fabrics and dyeing
equipment per student. There will be silk scarf
blanks and fine merino to purchase if wanted.
SUE PEARL is a feltmaker and
member of the International
Feltmakers' Association since 1997.
She has been dyeing textiles and
fibres as part of her work since 1996
when she received a Diploma in
weaving dyeing and spinning. Sue
has developed her eco-print dyeing
method since being inspired by India
Flint, the botanical alchemist. She
now teaches this method in craft
schools across the country.