Intermediate Ecoprinting (2 Days)

Intermediate Ecoprinting (2 Days)


Techniques for transferring natural plant pigments directly onto fabric, along with the shape and surface details of plant parts, are growing in popularity. Often referred to as 'contact prints', 'leaf prints', 'botanical prints', or 'ecoprints', this is a very fun and beautiful approach to surface design with natural dyes. No artificial inks or dyes are used in this process, only those extracted from plants.

Students Will Take Home:

  • printed samples for use in other crafts and/or as a reference library of techniques

  • two printed scarves (one produced each day based on techniques learned/samples produced earlier that day)

  • dye records showing all of the key variables in achieving successful results

  • an expanded skill set to further explore the magic of ecoprinting

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  • Date: multiple (see drop down menu)
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm (with 1 hour for lunch - not provided)
  • Location: South Haven Community Hall
  • Experience: as an intermediate level workshop, students are expected to already have a basic knowledge of how to properly prepare protein fibres (silk and wool) for dyeing (scouring & mordanting).
  • Supplies Fee: $50 (HST inclusive), payable directly to the instructor (for yarn, fabric, dyes, etc.).
  • Tax: this web platform collects Nova Scotia's 15% HST for those with a Canadian billing address; for others, HST is payable at the workshop (a receipt will be provided).
  • In Person Payments: cash or credit card
  • Age: 16+ due to the use of hot dye vats
  • Minimum Registrants To Proceed: 4
  • Promo Code: ’online10%’ for online registration only
  • Walk-ins: welcome, space permitting
  • Terms of Service: registration constitutes agreement with the Terms of Service.

There are many different methods/techniques to this beautiful natural dye approach. In this workshop, students will build on their existing knowledge of basic mordant processes for protein fibres (i.e. silk and wool), and learn additional techniques for expanding the range of effects available when printing on both protein and cellulose fibres.

While the importance of, and methods for, basic mordanting will be taught, in the interests of time, pre-mordanted fibres will be provided as part of the supplies fee noted above. However, this workshop includes hands-on learning of some less common mordanting techniques.

Plant material will be provided by the instructor, from her own organic property and/or collected from the hedgerow. Students also are welcome to bring their own garden plant material, and some time in this workshop is set aside for hedgerow plant identification and collecting.

Students Will Learn:

  • dye studio safety practices
  • about growing and/or ethically/sustainably foraging plants with natural mordant and/or dye properties
  • several different treatments for protein and cellulose based fibres to prepare them for printing (scouring & mordanting)
  • how to use carrier cloths to achieve various results
  • how to use different natural substances (mordants, assists and modifiers) to shift plant hues
  • how to explore plant pigment, tannin, and discharge properties to achieve more layered and/or three dimensional effects
  • natural post-dye treatments to protect fibres
  • how to choose, prepare and store plant material for later use
  • how to keep good records so that results can be reproduced in the future