Natural Dyeing Basics

Learn how to use natural dyes with plant and animal based fibres. Instructor Caitlin ffrench guides you through all the steps of natural dyeing – how to scour, mordant and dye your materials (and the importance behind each step), along with the best dyeing practices for your home or studio set-up.  

Join in learning all about the basics of natural dyeing, taught by Caitlin ffrench!

The range of colours that can be produced with natural dyes has a cohesiveness and harmony that roots us to our environment. The natural dye journey is full of colour play and learning – learning how to work with the dye materials, mixing colours to get the outcome you want, all while taking excellent notes along the way!

In this course, Caitlin guides you through the basics, including:

  • learn some of the history of natural dyes.
  • learn about scouring and mordanting your materials, and the importance behind these steps.
  • how to scour and mordant plant and animal based fibres.
  • how to prepare your natural dye pots and the process of dyeing plant and animal based fibres.
  • safe dyeing practices and suggested tools for your home or studio set-up.
  • examples of natural dyeing on different fibre bases: cotton, superwash wool, and a wool + silk blend.
  • best wildcrafting practices and how to be the best ally to your land base.

As Caitlin shares in the course, we are a part of the ecosystem, and by using the term land base, we’re acknowledging that we’re not just taking something from it, but are a part of the entire system and how it works. Learn how natural dyes work and how they are similar, or different, from other types of dyes such as acid dyes.

Once you’ve begun your natural dye journey, please do show us your results as well! We’ll be gathering over in the SOS Community Forums and on social media using #sosnaturaldyeing would love to see what you make!

ON THE VLOG // It’s been a couple of weeks since we sat down and talked about anything to do with the fibre arts, and I want to catch you up on all that I’ve been doing this summer. It’s been 10 weeks now working through the Natural Dyeing Study Group at the schoolofsweetgeorgia, and so on today’s vlog, I want to share what we’ve been natural dyeing, and the unexpected lessons I learned from all of that.⁠

Watch today's Taking Back Friday vlog at our link in bio »⁠

If you are at all interested in learning about natural dyeing, I encourage you to pop into the school and check out the study group – it will continue to be open with the week-by-week instructions, along with people having discussions as they continue to dye. And if you are interested in learning how to improve your spinning, then I hope you join us for our autumn Spinning Study Group there. With our new Back to School promotion that just launched at the School, it's a great time to check it out at: www.schoolofsweetgeorgia.com!

#sosnaturaldyeingstudygroup #takingbackfridayvlog

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Workshop replay now available at the schoolofsweetgeorgia // Learn about the magical world of indigo dyeing with Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors botanicalcolors! This workshop was originally taught last week as a live 1-hour Zoom presentation. In the video replay, learn about working with indigo dyes and creating indigo vats for differing depths of colour, plus tips and troubleshooting help, followed by a Q&A session at the end.⁠

Find the SOS workshop at our link in bio and join in the fun indigo colour play with us »


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Coming up next week, don't miss joining in the schoolofsweetgeorgia's live Indigo Dyeing Zoom presentation, taught by Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors botanicalcolors! Taking place on Wednesday, July 21st at 12pm PDT, Kathy will talk about indigo dyes plus walk us through the steps of setting up, and dyeing with, an indigo dye vat!⁠

Registration for Kathy's live Indigo Dyeing presentation is included in an SOS All-Access membership – registration and more info at our link in bio »⁠
And if you're unable to join us during the live presentation, we'll have a replay of the session available soon following the event.


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New over at the School… join in a journey of natural dyeing at the Eco Printing Workshop taught by Caitlin ffrench ffrench! ⁠

repost schoolofsweetgeorgia:⁠
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Fitting perfectly in with our excitement for garden planning and fresh new spring colours bursting from the earth, we're so delighted to share our latest course addition: Eco Printing with Caitlin ffrench ffrench!⁠

With eco printing or contact printing, we'll learn about different methods of getting dye stuff, either wildcrafted, homegrown or store bought, to make prints onto fabric, yarn and knitted items. Whether it's a blank sock yarn blank you’re going to print and then knit or crochet from, or perhaps a finished object you’ve already made and will then dye, you'll learn all the steps and tools needed to begin the beauty of eco printing! Find more info at the SOS site (link in bio) »⁠

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Join our SOS Natural Dyeing Study Group! We’ve been wanting to start these study groups for some time now and since we do everything “seasonally”, it makes the most sense to start with dyeing in the summer… and specifically, natural dyeing! Starting on June 1st, we're running a 10-week study group to work through the lessons in the Natural Dyeing Basics course taught by Caitlin ffrench ffrench!⁠

We'll work through the dyeing content together, on a week-by-week basis. You can reference this study group anytime after the summer has passed, but it will be lots of fun and encouraging to dye through the material together!⁠

Click our link in bio to learn more and to join us at the School of SweetGeorgia » The fun planning chat has already started over in the SOS forums Natural Dyeing Study Group club!⁠

Also, join our Natural Dyeing Q&A with Caitlin, taking place next week, May 26th, on Zoom. More information available in the SOS Events Calendar in the forums, or at: https://www.schoolofsweetgeorgia.com/courses/natural-dyeing-basics/lessons/qa-on-zoom/

#sosnaturaldyeing #sosnaturaldyeingstudygroup

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Our latest SOS course addition is here – Natural Dyeing Basics, taught by local dyer and artist Caitlin ffrench @ffrench!⁠

The range of colours that can be produced with natural dyes has a cohesiveness and harmony that roots us to our environment. Learn how to use natural dyes with plant and animal based fibres — how to scour, mordant and dye them, the best dyeing practices for your home or studio, and so much more!⁠

Click our link in bio to learn more about the new Natural Dyeing Basics course, and enjoy playing with colour!


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We're so excited for next week where we'll join Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors @botanicalcolors online as she teaches Handpainting with Natural Dyes! ⁠

The presentation will take place live via Zoom, Wednesday, June 23 at 12pm PDT. Registration is included in your All-Access SOS Membership… sign up at the SOS site (link in bio)!⁠

#sosnaturaldyeing #sosnaturaldyeingstudygroup #schoolofsweetgeorgia #kathyhattori #naturaldyeworkshop #naturaldyersofinstagram #naturaldyeing

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