INDIGO DYEING WORKSHOP 3 WAYS
The meaning of Alchemy ~ a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination
I do believe that Indigo is probably one of the most magical natural dyes. The transformation from green to blue is indeed like alchemy.
Join me in a 2 day class to learn about the mysterious blue dye - In this class you will learn about the differences of 3 Indigo Vats and why they matter. You will learn how to make, use and maintain an Organic Indigo Vat based on Fruit sugar/Fruit fermentation, a dark Indigo Vat known as the iron Vat and last but not least, the chemical Vat, also known as the Hydros Vat. How to dye blues, purples and greens and using a form of resist dyeing like stitching, material or paste.
Materials are provided and we will dye a scarf and many different kinds of fabric samples for you to take home.
This is a great follow up workshop to the Natural Dyeing Basics workshop.
Venue: AppleOak FibreWorks Workshop - McLysaght's Units, Unit 1, Raheen Rd, TuamgraneyCo Clare.
Date: 26th-27th of May 2023
Time: 10am - 3/4pm on both days
The days in detail, lunch break included:
A short history and introduction to Blue Dyeing ~ Which plants will dye blue, Woad versus Indigo, when and how was Blue first used, Origins
Creating an Organic Indigo Vat ~ learn how to create an Organic Indigo Vat using Fruit Sugar. We will also create an Iron Vat for comparison and how to keep them alive.
Creating an Iron Vat ~ learn how to create an Iron Vat and what makes it so special.
Creating a Hydros Vat ~ learn how to create a hydros Vat using an Oxygen remover. We will compare all three and see what makes them so different and why it is important to know them.
Learning to make and create with resists and resist paste ~ learning how to make a resist paste and applying it to your fabric. Shibori and similar techniques.
Dyeing with an Indigo Vat ~ Learning all about the practices on how to dye with Indigo, what Vat is suitable for what and proper finishing practices.
Trouble shooting Indigo Vats ~ learn about how to fix and handle an unwell Indigo Vat.
All materials are provided on the day. If you like to bring a small item, like a t-shirt or napkins, that is fine. All fabrics can be taken home. You will also receive the material we covered in writing on the day, as well as recipes by pdf after the workshop!
To bring: An old apron and sturdy footwear (wellies or walking boots), lunch and a mug for tea or coffee. Coffee, tea and herbal teas are provided.
Places to stay:
Clareville House B&B, Scarriff – Updated 2023 Prices (booking.com)
Derghaven B&B, Hostel & Self Catering, Scarriff – Updated 2023 Prices (booking.com)
The Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre, Killaloe – Updated 2023 Prices (booking.com)
Killaloe Hotel & Spa, Killaloe – Updated 2023 Prices (booking.com)
East Clare Golf Village - 7 Nights #1, Bodyke – Updated 2023 Prices (booking.com)
Campsite: (10) Lakeside Holiday Park | Mountshannon | Facebook
- Classes are of 8 participants (Class will go ahead with a minimum of 5 participants)
- Mask wearing is optional
- Please bring your own lunch/cutlery and mug
- The shop will be open on each day after the workshop.