Natural Dye Workshop at Killruddery
I am delighted to be returning to Killruddery House & Gardens for a day of fun, foraging & botanical dyeing. Hosted by Lady Fionnuala Aston-Ardee, we will be gathering on Lá Bealtaine for a Natural Dye Workshop.
Killruddery’s 800-acre estate is a sustainable, bio-diverse farm that includes flowering woodland, world-renowned 17th-century gardens, cut flower gardens, high-hedged pathways, a natural amphitheatre area, the Long Ponds and a Walled Garden.
I can't think of a nicer way to celebrate Lá Bealtaine than gathering on the grounds of this beautiful Estate after what we have all gone through here in Ireland. Those of you familiar with Killruddery know what a treat this will be & those of you yet to venture are in for a surprise.
We will start with a walk around the stunning gardens to forage & gather a variety of plants for our dye pots. Participants will learn about the process of natural dyeing & create numerous dyes from our foraged plants. We will work with a variety of 100% natural fibres to learn about the nuances of colour on different fibre types. We will also look at expanding palettes & working with common ingredients to open up a range of colour possibilities.
This is a hands-on workshop, students will leave with their own natural dye swatch book from samples created during class, a finished naturally dyed piece & an understanding of this ancient practice & the skills necessary to create and apply colour to textiles.
Participants will enjoy a two-course lunch in the Grain Store Restaurant with a menu designed by Head Chef Niall O’Sullivan using fresh produce from the Walled Gardens.
The workshop will take place on Sunday, May 1st from 10-2:30 pm & costs €150. Bookings can be made directly through Killruddery on their Botanical Workshop Series page.
I can't wait to return to Killruddery , meet participants & spend the day sharing the incredible beauty of plant dyes, I hope you can join us.