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Natural Dyeing 'Shibori' - Saturday November 26

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Discover nature's colour pallet in our natural textile dying workshop !

You'll learn how to select and prepare textiles for dying, how to harvest local dye plant materials (wattle, eucalyptus...) & use commercially prepared dyes (madder, saffron, logwood, sappanwood...). Then it's time for you to embrace your creativity and put colour to cloth under the guidance of an experienced textile artist. Shibori is a traditional Japanese resist technique that results in beautiful designs on textiles. You’ll explore the possibilities of tying, clamping and more as an introduction to Shibori. During this half day course you'll produce a sample & two scarves to take home to begin your journey into natural textile dying.

All materials supplied.

Time : 10-1 pm

There will be a morning tea break with a range of local cafes to choose from.

Location: Rear of 211 Dowling Street, Dungog NSW
Parking: Dowling St or nearby side streets

Please note that this workshop will be run outside so you can enjoy our beautiful outdoor space. If it is too hot, windy or wet, we will be indoors in air-conditioning.

Covid Safe guidelines apply. Please bring your own face mask for use if required. 

Please bring your own water bottle and hat.

Please wear enclosed shoes and old clothes or bring an apron.



Michelle Leilani is a professional artist based in Lake Macquarie, with significant experience in a range of eco-friendly, nature inspired arts & crafts to help you skill up, unwind, and leave no trace.

Drawing inspiration from the textures and colours found in nature on her travels to remote areas as well as from her permaculture garden, Michelle shares her knowledge through her workshops in natural arts and crafts. Reviving old techniques combined with contemporary approaches to art making, she not only guides students through the techniques of each craft, but instills an appreciate for connecting with nature and its incredible colour.