D.I.Y. - Dye It Yourself! (1 day)

D.I.Y. - Dye It Yourself! (1 day)


Come for a fun day of revamping/up-cycling your wardrobe and/or household linens in the studio’s huge, organic plant dye vats!

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When: June 8, 2019; 10 am to 5 pm

Where: Mamie’s Schoolhouse, 97 Rooster Hill Road, Goose Cove, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Group Size: min 6, max 14

Age & Experience: 18 years or older

Registration Fee: $50 + tax, which includes all scouring agents, mordants, modifiers and dyes

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What You Should Bring:

  • a packed lunch

  • natural fibre clothing, accessories, and/or home textiles (must be 100% natural fibres, such as wool, silk, cotton, linen, bamboo, hemp, etc.; no nylon, polyester, etc. content)

  • must be white/off-white/light coloured (the scouring process will usually effectively remove light-coloured synthetic dyes only)

  • maximum quantity per participant is 1 kg/2 lbs - this is generally equivalent to about 3-6 items, depending on size, and might translate to 3-4 blouses/shirts, or 2-3 skirts/pairs of pants, or 5-6 items of children’s clothing


~ Workshop Overview ~

  • this is not a workshop on natural dye or surface design techniques (for that, please register for one of Mamie’s Schoolhouse’s other workshops)

  • this is a one day opportunity to refresh/revamp your clothing or household linens by taking advantage of the large scale natural dye vats available at the studio

  • be prepared for threads to not necessarily dye the same colour as the rest of your item(s), as sewing threads often contain synthetic fibres

Morning - Early Afternoon:

  • learn to properly scour your items to remove old dyes, dirt, oils, etc. to create thoroughly cleaned fibres for mordanting

  • learn to properly prepare your fibres using natural, non-toxic mordants (a mordant creates a molecular bridge between natural fibres and natural dyes)

Mid-Late Afternoon:

  • dye your items in Mamie’s Schoolhouse’s very large dye vats - including organic indigo (blue), madder (red/pink/orange), and seasonally available yellow dye plants - all light-fast and wash-fast

  • participants are welcome to use tools in the studio, or to bring their own, for self-directed creation of dye resist areas/surface designs prior to dyeing

  • time-permitting, and if vats haven’t been exhausted, you are also welcome to play with over-dyeing one colour with another to create additional hues

~ About Registration ~

Payment Terms:

  • Payment is due at time of registration via this web site. At this time, we can not take registrations in person, by phone, email, etc.

  • There are no refunds for dye days.

  • With permission of Mamie’s Schoolhouse, registration is transferrable to someone else nominated by the registered participant.

  • Anyone registering for someone else is responsible for that registration, and will continue to be the point of contact on all related matters.

The Registration Fee Does Not Include The Following, Which Are The Student's Responsibility:

  • Accommodation

  • Transportation to/from Cape Breton, to/from the workshop each day, and all other local travel

  • Travel insurance

  • Meals

~ About The Venue ~

  • 25 minutes north-east of Baddeck (the nearest full service community), and one hour from Sydney (the island’s largest community and location of the nearest airport), Mamie’s Schoolhouse is located on 70 peaceful, organic acres stretching west from the North River and the world famous Cabot Trail, in the small, beautiful community of Goose Cove.

  • The studio is fully accessible, and there is plenty of parking.

  • There is plenty of nearby accommodation, including an ever growing number of Airbnb options.

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