We are excited to announce we will be running a series of workshops with talented textile artist Ilka White. I know it is a little while off, but we don’t want you to miss out!
All workshops will be held in the warm, spacious and light filled workshop room at the Newstead Railway Arts Hub, but take note… this is a Lab-like workshop – you will be using the stove burners in the kitchen, plus outside areas.
The first in the series will be a 2 day workshop:
Natural dyeing & tablet weaving workshop with Ilka White
August 12th & 13th from 9.30am – 4.30pm
Places are limited to 12 people and bookings are open now – please share with friends who you think might be interested
To make a booking: https://www.trybooking.com/279798
For thousands of years plants have been used to dye fibre and fabric and a beautiful natural palette is still available today without the need for harmful chemicals. Local weeds or kitchen off-cuts can offer you harmonious hues in a range of values and intensity. This hands-on workshop introduces a selection of local colour possibilities, as well as discussing fibre types, mordanting options and dye safety. A shibori technique will also be used to produce patterned cloth. Come and discover some of nature’s hidden sources of colour!
Tablet weaving is a method of making narrow bands, belts and straps on an ingenious ‘loom’ consisting essentially of a pack of cards with holes in the corners. An ancient technology, examples of tablet looms have been uncovered from the Iron Age and earlier! Learn to weave a beautifully patterned band on a portable loom that’s yours to keep. We’ll be weaving with the botanically coloured yarns dyed the previous day in our Natural Dyeing Workshop!
For more info:
Sarah Koschak 0419 322 681
Julie Patey 0408 528 536