Last Thursday night, at The City of Port Phillip's Creative SustainAbility event at St Kilda Town Hall, I took part in a Natural Indigo Dye workshop, a 45 minute introduction to the techniques involved with the age old craft of colouring fabric using the plant based (Indigofera tinctoria) natural organic dye, with a distinct blue shade.
Whilst there are plenty of synthetic dyes used to colour clothing, which are unfortunately filled with chemicals which can be harmful to our environment, our teacher, designer and crafter Myf, uses only natural plant based indigo to show her techniques.
I found the short introduction fascinating, as we were taught ways to use different techniques such as clamping, scrunching, tying with string, using marbles, elastic bands and sticks to create all sorts of different shapes and patterns.
The basics of natural dying and resist techniques.
How to identify plants in your garden that are safe and useful for dying.
Experience the magic of indigo.
Over the course of three hours, you will be able to create your own unique wearable pieces, using natural fibres such as silk, linen and hemp. Participants will also take home a solar dye kit and seeds to create their own dye garden.
Nibbles and drinks will be available. It is advised to wear appropriate clothing and footwear (closed toe shoes and clothes that won't be ruined by an accidental dye spot) All tools, materials and aprons will be provided. Maximum 10 people.
To book, contact: email@example.com
Do also check out Pop & Scott Workshop Cooperative's website for other up and coming craft workshops.