Natural dyeing techniques for fabric and raffia

Learn to dye the natural way! Simple techniques to create beautiful colours for your stitching and basketry projects.

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Let's get creative!

In this beginners class we've demystified the process of natural dyeing so that you can start creating beautiful colours in no time. Learn simple techniques to dye fabric and raffia using easily acquired tools and ingredients from around the home or supermarket.

You'll learn:

  • What tools you'll need for your natural dyeing projects
  • How to dye cotton, linen and raffia
  • Three different dyeing processes
  • How to create five colours from a plant source
  • How to adjust colours
  • How to dye your own materials for stitching and basketry projects

BONUS RESOURCES (downloadable):
List of natural plant sources
Your own Natural Dyeing Notes template to document your colour experiments

*pls note: the dyes and natural dyeing process taught in this course are not intended for clothing that will be washed repeatedly or hung out to dry in the sun. They are intended for raffia and small stitching projects. If you have any questions regarding the course email us [email protected]

In this Natural dyeing workshop for fabrics and raffia - the course demystifies the process and gives you step by step lessons on how to obtain plant source dyes and create a gorgeous colour pallet.

(Please note these creative workshops are for personal use only and are not to be used or replicated in a commercial manner. By enrolling in a Craft School Oz online course you agree to this.)


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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Do I need any prior knowledge about natural dyes for this course?
This course is a beginner's workshop for those wanting to embark on their natural dyeing journey. You will be able to use your fabrics for small stitching projects and use your raffia to create beautiful baskets.
Is this a technical course?
This is not intended for the more experienced dyer who has an understanding of the science behind the natural dyeing process.
Will my natural dyes fade?
Yes, a little - some more than others and that's all part of this beautiful process. They are intended for use in raffia and stitching projects.
What if I am unhappy with my course
We don't want you to be unhappy with the course! Please email us at [email protected] with any issues, we'd be happy to help.

Your Instructor

Ruth Woods
Ruth Woods

Ruth has always been a crafter - and one that loves to pass on her love for creating. She trained as a clothing designer in the UK, working with textiles and fashion warehouses. When she came to Australia she graduated from Box Hill TAFE with a Diploma of Visual Arts and then completed a Bachelor of Adult Learning and Development at Monash University.

Ruth has taught art and crafts at a tertiary level and also through community education programs, some in very remote areas. She strongly believes in the need to facilitate opportunities for creative workshops in rural and regional communities. She knows first hand that people in these areas often don't often get the chance to participate in events like these, and being able to explore creativity in a supportive, safe space is an essential part of life.

Her interest in teaching, craft, and supporting regional areas became the perfect foundation for what is now this wonderful crafty community. And now bringing online workshops means everyone can access what she teaches.

Course Curriculum

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