Natural Dyes


Sunday 18 August 2019
11:00 - 16:00


Learn the natural and gentle art of dyeing with food waste. You will leave the class with colour swatches, information, a gift for yourself or someone else and all the information to experiment at home. All materials have been sustainably sourced and are completely vegan.

You will learn:

  • Cloth preparation

  • The techniques for extracting natural dyes from a variety of food waste

  • The History of Dyes, chemical dyes and the ecological impact and  how to create your own dye vats at home.

  • How to prepare food waste for dying clothes

  • Learn the dye pattern techniques

  • How to dye your clothes at home


Meet Debbie Mitchener

Growing up in a horticultural household the link between design and plants was never going to far away. After a Costume career spanning 21 years and organisations such as the Royal National Theatre, BBC, English National Opera, The Almedia and various films the link between fabric, design and plants became an obvious route to take.
Debbie began natural dyeing 7 years ago with a drop in class run by Cordwainers Grow. Using her knowledge gained over the years of working in the costume experiments began with colour, plants and food waste. Since then she has taught classes across England at venues such as the Design Museum, Royal Horticultural Society, Garden Organic, Chichester Development Trust,  and E17 Craftworks. Embracing the conscious shift from large scale polluting methods Debbie has begun to experiment more with natural and vegan methods of dyeing resulting in a fully waste and vegan friendly dyeing class option. Debbie has been collaborating with Cordwainers Grow on various projects growing flax for the award winning Flax Project, and now works exclusively with them in the areas of craft, design, dyeing and growing.


What you need to know

  • No previous experience needed!

  • All materials will be supplied and will be sustainably sourced and cruelty free.

  • Refreshments will be provided throughout

  • The workshop is taking place at the Garden, go to our Visit Us page for more details on how to find us.

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