Intro to Ecoprinting

Intro to Ecoprinting


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 rewarding 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

  • a printed silk scarf created by the student based on learnings from their sample experiments

  • dye records showing the key variables in achieving successful results

  • skills to further explore the magic of ecoprinting

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  • Date: multiple (see drop down menu)
  • Location: in/near Baddeck (students will sent venue details by email)
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm (with 1 hour for lunch - not provided)
  • Experience: beginner to intermediate
  • Supplies Fee: $25 (tax 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: 19+ 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.

In this workshop, students will develop strong foundational skills in ecoprinting while working with silk, a protein fibre, as it is the easiest material with which to learn and build confidence. There will also be a limited introduction to methods for working with wool, as well as with more difficult cellulose fibres (i.e. cotton, linen, etc.).

While the importance of, and methods for, mordanting will be taught, in the interests of time, pre-mordanted fibres will be provided as part of the supplies fee noted above. 

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.

Students Will Learn:

  • dye studio safety practices
  • why protein and cellulose based fibres need to be prepared differently (scouring & mordanting)
  • about growing and/or ethically/sustainably foraging plants with natural mordant and/or dye properties
  • how to maximize pigment uptake, wash and light fastness
  • how to get well-defined prints
  • natural post-dye treatments to protect fibres
  • how to store plant material for later use
  • how to keep good records so that results can be reproduced in the future