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Online Workshop: Expanding Your Palette & Mordanting With Natural Dyes Sat 7th & Sun 8th May

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This online workshop will take place over two days & will cover all the basics of mordanting and modifying to expand your palette, deepen your understanding & grow your skills as a natural dyer. 

Mordanting is an essential step in the process of natural dyeing. Mordants help bind the dye to the fibre and help increase the longevity of your plant dyes. When used correctly, mordants can change your dye colours, expand your palette and open up a world of possibilities when combined with natural dyes. 

We will look at the different types of mordants, how to choose the right mordant for your needs & how to mordant safely. We will look at traditional metallic salt & natural plant-based mordants. I will share the mordants and recipes I use in my practice & studio to get a beautiful range of natural colours. 

We will also look at how to layer dye colours & modify your existing palette using iron, alum & other safe modifiers. 

We will address safety & concerns with metallic salt mordants, which ones to avoid & how to dispose of them properly. We will also look at how to store & reuse your mordants. 

Once you have a deeper understanding of mordants and their possibilities, we will experiment with mordants to create patterns, contrast & expand your colour range. We will also have some fun painting & printing with mordants and natural dyes. 

This class is for anyone who has taken my introduction to natural dyeing workshop & suited to those wanting to increase their knowledge, confidence and skills as a natural dyer. 

We will move through each step of the process in a simple and digestible way so that you can gain a foundational understanding of how this beautiful process works. 

This workshop will cover: 

  • The importance of mordanting in your process
  • The different kinds of mordants
  • Metallic salt mordants
  • Plant-based mordants 
  • Toxic mordants
  • How to mordant
  • Expanding your palette 
  • Working with iron
  • Making a homemade iron bath
  • How to make patterns or print with mordants 
  • Troubleshooting common issues


This is a hands-on workshop & you will need to have access to running water, a stove (or hot plate) & a selection of dye plants. 

Once you register for the class, I will send you a list of tools & equipment (common kitchen/household tools) you will need, a list of potential dye plants for your to gather ahead of time & instructions on how to get started with a homemade iron bath.

I will also be sending you out a little kit with a selection of mordants so you can get the most out of this workshop. 

You can choose to follow alongside me from the comfort of your home or sit back & watch while I demonstrate, learning in whatever way works best for you. 

You will receive a link with access before the workshop with a reminder closer to the event. You don't need to install or download any software to join. The workshop will be available to replay at your convenience for 14 days after the event. 

Date | Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th May  14:00-16:30 pm 

Workshop (materials included) : €180

Time Zone: I am in Dublin Ireland which is on B.S.T  Which is U.T.C + 1 hr

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