Create beautiful hand dyed material with natural images
Did you know that you can use leaves to print directly onto fabric? I have seen a number of prints made using these techniques and the result is a beautiful abstract pattern with hints of leaves and the natural environment. Using materials from nature as colour dyes is an ancient practice dating back to the Neolithic period that produces stunning and vibrant colours.
If you'd like to learn more you can do an introductory course with experienced and talented Eco-dyer Natalie Billing through the Qld Spinners Weaverand Fibre Artists (QSWFA) in Auchenflower. There will be two two-day workshops in 2015, one in March (14-15) and one in August (8-9).
The cost of the course is $200 which includes all materials (including two metres of fabric). This may sound a lot but when you consider that this includes 14 hours of tuition, the materias and the venue it starts to look like the bargain that it is. All students need to bring is their lunch and to make sure they wear enclosed shoes, and old clothes or an apron.
I have never been to an Eco-dying workshop through QSWFA but I have been to other workshops and events. The venue is great with everything you need on-site and the tutors are always professional. It is only a ten minute walk from the train station and is also accessible via the 470, 475 and 471 bus routes.