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Sudbury, Suffolk, United Kingdom
I am a textile artist living on the Suffolk Essex border. I am a member of the Out of the Fold Textile Group and the newly formed Spotlight Textiles. I am the Principal Tutor for Creative Stitch which offers courses in Creative Patchwork and Quilting and Creative Stitch Textiles. I teach each year at the Knitting & Stitching Shows and Festival of Quilts. I also offer workshops and talks to groups throughout the UK in person and via zoom. With a foot in both camps I am also a member of the QGBI and the specialist Contemporary Quilt Group and STARS (formerly Suffolk West Embroiderers Guild)

Saturday, 27 March 2021

Natural Dyeing Summer Schools

Gathered weld

 Learn the skills of natural dyeing and eco printing and   colour lots of cloth ready for future stitch projects.

 Day One: prepare mordants. We will use four different   mordants to extend the range of dye colours and mordant   both protein based (silks) and cellulose based (cottons)   fabrics

Day Two: prepare natural dyebaths. We will make four different dyebaths using natural dyes
- weld
- madder
- avocado
- mahonia

Madder dye bath

Day three: eco printing. We will print silk and cotton fabrics with a range of gathered leaves and plant material and make use of spend dyebaths to increase our colour range

All materials will be provided. This will include 
4 different plant based fabrics  (cottons, linen)
4 different protein based fabrics (silks, wool)
4 different mordants (Alum, aluminium acetate, rhubarb, soy milk)
4 different dyestuffs (weld, madder, avocado and mahonia)

All equipment will also be provided.

  Cost for all three days is £150 
(Numbers strictly limited to 5 to comply with Covid guidelines)
Weld dyed fabrics

Ipswich weekend
Friday 4th, Sat 5th and Sun 6th June 2021    10am - 4pm

Venue: SEFWI, 22 Orford Street, Ipswich IP1 3 NS

Bury St Edmunds weekend
Friday 11th, Sat 12th and Sun 13th June 2021  10 - 4pm

Venue: Nowton Village Hall, Nowton, Bury St Edmunds
IP29 5NE

Eco printed with acer leaves

For more information and to book your place please contact Mary McIntosh
email: maryelmcintosh@gmail.com
telephone: 07443474903

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