Online courses

The online courses that I’m currently offering are listed below. The courses can either be completed week by week as the content is made available or in your own time. Once you have signed up you will have access to the course content for a year. If you have any questions about any of the courses then please contact me here.

Solar dyeing

Booking open now! Starting again on Friday 3rd June

Examples of some of the colours you can create using solar dyeing

Solar dyeing is a simple, low-cost process that uses colour from plants and flowers to dye fabric and yarn. It’s a technique that can be done at home using a few basic materials, some of which you may have collected if you’ve been having a clear out during lockdown, including empty glass jars and old white cotton fabric for example t-shirts or pillow cases. You can extract dye from a really wide range of plants and I’ll be going through lots of examples in the course including images of the colours that you can achieve – some of the colours are shown in the image above. It’s a great way of using up plant waste like onion skins, wilting flowers, and leaves pruned from plants for example.

This course starts on Friday 3rd June and will run for two weeks. Each Friday you will be sent a link so that you can access that week’s module. The cost of the course is £25 (with an Early Bird offer of £20 until 20th May) and you can sign up any time until 10th June when the course ends. If you sign up late I will send you the first module that you will have missed when you sign up. You will have access to the course for a year so you can either do it week by week or later in your own time.

In module 1 you will be introduced to the technique before going through a step-by-step process of how to dye using onion skins. This is to introduce you to the technique and will also give you an opportunity to have a go hopefully without having to invest in any materials as all you will need are: 
Onion skins from 3 or 4 onions 
An empty glass jam jar
An old white cotton t-shirt or pillowcase (or other cotton fabric which you are happy to cut up)

In module 2 you will learn how to dye using any plants or flowers with guidance on ratios and dyeing with different quantities. I will also go through more information on the process and give lots of examples of the colours you can achieve from different plants and flowers. 

Solar dye jars in the sun

How to ecoprint on paper

Running again later this year – sign up to my mailing list here to find out when booking opens
Examples of pin oak ecoprints on paper

In this three week course you will be introduced to the wonderful technique of ecoprinting and will learn how to create your own ecoprints on paper. Each week you will receive a different module taking you through the steps to create your own prints. This technique can be done at home using some basic materials.

In module 1 you will gather together all the materials and equipment that you need, including plant matter, and prepare your prints to create bundles ready for printing – I’ve added a list of the materials you’ll need below. These are all things that are usually easily available but due to the current situation with COVID-19 I’m publishing the list so that you can make sure you’re able to get them before you sign up. In module 2 you will learn how to heat your bundles to create your prints and finally in module 3 you will unwrap your bundles to reveal your prints and decide how you would like to present them. This course has been designed so that you can either complete it week by week or in your own time at a later date.

If you have any questions then please contact me using the contact form here

To see examples of some of my ecoprints please click here

Materials needed for ecoprinting on paper:

  • Plant matter – the first section in module 1 is on collecting this
  • Watercolour paper – you can use other types of paper to print on but watercolour is best as it is made to get wet and can withstand being heated in water
  • Scissors or ruler and scalpel
  • Bulldog clips or pegs
  • String – preferably made from a natural fibre as this will cope better with being heated in water and will also absorb some of the colour
  • An old saucepan – I have a couple that I have bought from junk markets, it’s good to use one with a wide surface area so that you can make bigger prints. Once you have used a pan to make ecoprints in do not use it for cooking. 
  • Rusty metal – old nails, screws, washers etc are ideal. Don’t use anything that has any paint on it as the chemicals from the paint are likely to dissolve in the water and will affect your prints. 
  • Water
  • Large heavy stone 
  • Newspaper
  • Paper bags

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