Foraging for Colour - Wild Dyestuff Identification and Intro to Natural Dyeing 16th September 2017

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Foraging for Colour - Wild Dyestuff Identification and Intro to Natural Dyeing 16th September 2017

80.00

Before the mid-1800s the only colour available to dyers were those found in the natural world. If you know where to look a world of colour is available on your doorstep. 

This one-day course will be led in conjunction with local ranger, Callum McNeill-Richie. The morning will focus on identifying and collecting whole dyestuffs in forests around the studio.  After a home cooked lunch, we will then look at processing the dye materials, preparing materials for dying and completing a sample project. 

Over the course of the day, you will learn:

  • to identify readily-available plants that can be used for natural dyeing and their historical context
  • how to extract the natural dyes from whole dyestuffs
  • how to process protein and plant-based fibres for dyeing

All materials will be supplied.  You will also be able to take away any of the dyestuff that you have foraged for use at home.  

The morning will include a walk in the woods and over the bog of the Cardross Estate. Good footwear and waterproof clothing is essential. 

No experience required. A minimum of 4 attendees is required for this course to go ahead.  Full refunds will be offered in the case of cancellation.

Course Dates: 16th September 2017

Course Times: 930am - 430pm

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Callum McNeill-Ritchie is an environmental consultant and ranger with a lifetime spent roaming the hills of Scotland. He is head ranger with Hushwing Heritage and has professionally rangered in Scotland for 22 years. He specialises in humans' historical links to the environment and use of the natural world in human activity. He likes to interpret both natural and cultural heritage together, to give a better understanding of the environment around us. Callum will be leading us in the morning's plant identification and gathering walk and talking about the use of dyes in a historical context.

Come spend the day with us learning new skills and while you are here, enjoy our local, home cooked food, farmstead cheeses, meet the animals and spend the day at our edge of the world.