Handmaker's Factory

Weekend Workshops

We have hosted some amazing workshops in the studio over the past few weeks! I thought I'd share some photographs and details from the workshops we held last weekend with you all.

The basics of natural dyeing

Jules from Woollenflower came back for another natural dye workshop.

The workshop covered the essentials of dyeing with natural materials, including different methods for extracting colour and how to apply it to yarn and fabric. She showed us how to prepare and mordant fibres and taught us how to do everything safely.

We explored the colour potential of the kitchen and medicine cupboards, the garden and surrounding landscape, as well as where to source more exotic dyestuff.

The first dye bath was an acidic soursob bath which produced a fluro yellow colour. The bath was then changed to an alkaline by adding washing soda. We continued to soak the fibres and the resulting colour was orange. Such an amazing difference from the same plant!

If you're interested in taking this workshops let us know. We'd love to offer it again in the new year. In the meantime if you'd like to learn about indigo dyeing Jules will be back on November 15th to teach us how to create and maintain an indigo dye vat. In the afternoon you will get the chance to try your hand at some Shibori techniques with Ros using the vat prepared earlier that day.

Find out more and book HERE.

natural dye workshop collage

Clockwise from top left: samples of dyed yarns and recommended reference books, Jules talks us through the process, samples from the alkaline soursob bath, samples of dyed yarns, preparing the dye bath, various samples from the workshop, soursob dye bath.

Make your own unique lampshade workshop

On Sunday the lovely Anna from 3Chooks came down from Sydney to teach a lampshade workshop. This workshop was so much fun. Yes, I joined in too!

lamshade collage1

We each received a kit consisting of incredibly detailed instructions and all the parts needed to make the shade except for fabric. We chose from the beautiful selection of fabrics by Ink & Spindle who are our studio buddies. I spent far too much time trying to decide which fabric to use (you'd think I'd have figured that out before the class considering I get to see it all every day!). Erin recycled her black and white fabric from a bedsheet and it looked fantastic!

3chooks lampshade workshop

The finished lampshades all looked amazing, don't you think?

3chooks lampshade workshop

We have Anna booked in to teach two more workshops in March, a Thursday evening (for those of you who work weekends) and a Saturday morning.

You can check out the details and book your spot HERE.

How cool would it be to make a naturally dyed shibori lampshade? Now there's an idea!.......