3 day beginner/improver workshop at National Trust Claydon House

7 - 9 July 2018

10am - 4pm

A 3 day immersive workshop in eco-printing and botanical contact printing. Taking cuttings from the gardens of Claydon, this introductory workshop will show you a contemporary adaptation of the ancient method of colouring cloth with plant pigments.

This workshop is designed to teach you all the techniques you need to produce clear and vivid prints from botanical materials. It is suitable for absolute beginners, but will also be entirely relevant to improvers, especially those who are hoping to achieve clearer prints, richer colours, and greater technical knowledge. Some of the natural materials shall be gathered from the beautiful gardens of Claydon or you'r welcome to bring some of your own. 

The  following areas will be  covered:

·         Sourcing fabric, including recycling and upcycling

·         Preparing fabric to print – protein and  cellulose fabrics

·         Mordants and  modifiers, iron blankets

·         Essential equipment for ecoprinting at home

·         Sourcing  plant material

·         Design and placement

·         Preparing dye pots from plant  material

·         Dyebath and steaming techniques

·         Laundering and aftercare  of ecoprinted fabric

·         Safety and  environmental issues

Day 1  

You will make samples, using a variety of different fabrics and techniques. All of the fabric you need will be provided, and some of it will be mordanted ready for you. You will work with silk, wool and linen. (If you are a felter you are welcome to make a small sample using your own felt) You will learn about mordants, and mordant some fabric or garments ready for day 2

Day 2

You will spend the day putting your new skills to use, printing  scarves and garments, or paper. You will also discuss how to source suitable fabrics, including charity shop finds to up-cycle.

Day 3 

We will increase our repertoire of mordants and techniques, and tackle more complex garments - larger pieces or pieces with sleeves that require more complex folding techniques.

By the end of the course you will have the knowledge and skills to continue eco-printing at home as well as leaving with at least 4 beautiful wearable items, or printed yardage to sew at home, printed paper to frame or incorporate into projects.

What to bring;

A detailed material list of basic studio essentials shall be provided nearer to the start of the course. 

Course fee £240.00

Materials fee £12 per student for a fabric sample pack and £10 per student for other materials (mordants and sundries)

All bookings handled directly by the Courtyard Studio at Claydon House https://www.thecourtyardartstudio.com/artcourses/eco-printing-workshop

2 day Beginner / Improver Workshop

2 day Ecoprint Workshop

21-22 April 9.30-4.30

Long Compton Warwickshire

 

This workshop is designed to teach you all the techniques you need to produce clear and vivid prints from botanical materials.

It is suitable for absolute beginners, but will also be entirely relevant to improvers, especially those who are hoping to achieve clearer prints, richer  colours, and greater technical knowledg

Day 1  - can be taken as a  one day workshop

Today we will be making samples, using a variety of different fabrics and techniques. I will provide all the fabric you need, some of which will be mordanted ready for you. You will work with silk, wool and linen. (If you are a felter you are welcome to make a small sample using your own felt)

You will learn what equipment you need to start ecoprinting (inexpensively) at home

You will learn about mordants, and mordant some fabric or garments ready for day 2

Day 2

You will spend the day putting your new skills to use, printing  scarves and garments

We will also discuss how to source suitable fabrics, including charity shop finds to upcycle

You will go home with at least 2 beautiful wearable items, or fabric to sew into garments at home

We will not be combining natural dye with ecoprint this time. This will be covered  in a future workshop

 

What is included

Fabric samples for day 1

Mordants

Foliage (you are welcome to bring your own too)

Tea, coffee, soft drinks, biscuits

On day one we will arrange a ‘ bring and share’ lunch. Those travelling from afar will be able to obtain their contribution at our excellent  village shop

On day 2 lunch will be provided

Accommodation is not included, there are excellent b and bs and hotels nearby, info on request

Price:

Day 1 only £90

Days 1 and 2 £190

 

 

 

Gorgeous student work from day1 of beginners workshop

The fabulous blouse that Kitty printed at a recent workshop

Keep the date! 

Below are the dates for workshops in the early part of 2018.

Workshop structure and prices will be similar to those held last year. Details have yet to be  finalised, and booking is not yet open, but it gives you the chance to express an interest and keep the dates free.

More soon !

 

April14th beginner workshop, Cotswold spinners and weavers Stow on the Wold. FULL - do enquire nearer the time in case spaces have opened up
April 21-22, 2 day  beginner workshop, Long Compton Warwickshire. Expressions  of  interest taken  now, Booking opens Feb 1st
May 5-12th Ecoprint retreat France FULL, waiting list kept
May 28th 1 day beginner workshop, ecoprint  a scarf, Claydon Manor Bucks, booking  opens December, let me know if you are  interested and I will send details asap
June 30th - July 2nd 3 day improvers workshop- ecoprint with natural dye. Long Compton Warwickshire. Expressions  of interest opens now, booking opens February 1st
July 7-9th  3 day beginners and  improvers workshop, Claydon Manor Bucks, booking opens December, let me know if you are  interested and I will forward details asap

workshop dates

I am running  an introduction to ecoprint  workshop on October 14th/15th.

The two day  option is full, but there is still 1  place   for the  one day option on the 14th

 

stop press- sorry, it's full now. please message  me  if you would like to go on my mailing list for future workshops-thanks!

 

  • photos from recent workshop

    a 3 day workshop beginning with samples and progressing to printing garments

Intensive 1 day introduction to ecoprint

Intensive 1 day introduction to ecoprint

Long Compton, Warwickshire, UK

July 8th  9.30-4.30

 

An intensive introduction to botanical contact printing

Perfect for beginners, but also relevant to improvers who are not yet getting the clear and vivid prints they desire.

The  following areas will be  covered:

  • Sourcing fabric, including recycling and upcycling
  • Preparing fabric to print – protein and  cellulose fabrics
  • Mordants and  modifiers, iron blankets
  • Essential equipment for ecoprinting
  • Sourcing  plant material
  • Design and placement
  • Dyebath and steaming techniques
  • Laundering and aftercare  of ecoprinted fabric
  • Safety and  environmental issues

You will work in a small group, with a maximum of eight students. You will be working  with samples, to build up a reference of different  techniques. A sample pack of fabric will be provided, including some that has been premordanted for  you. You may also bring fabric samples of  your  own to experiment  with. Please  note  this  workshop will not  cover  the use  of  natural dye extracts, their  combination with ecoprint, or  the bundling and  printing  of large pieces  or  full garments. These  topics  will be  covered  in subsequent workshops

Plant  material will be  provided, and  you are encouraged to bring leaves  of  your  own too. Time permitting, we can forage  in the  fields and  hedgerows just outside my home

We will arrange a ‘bring and  share’ buffet, an option that has  proved  very  popular with previous groups

 By the end of the day you will have all the  knowledge and skills needed to start ecoprinting  in your home  or  studio

Venue: Long Compton ,Warwickshire, UK

Date: 8/7/17

Time:9.30 - 4.30 , or later if  people need  more time  to finish

Price £90.00

Nb there is the  option to extend this workshop by 2  more days to practise  your new skills printing scarves and garments – see http://www.handmadetextilesbycaroline.co.uk/431308069

2-3 day ecoprint workshop

2-3 day Ecoprint Workshop

8-10 July 2017 9.30-4.30

Long Compton Warwickshire

 

This workshop is designed to teach you all the techniques you need to produce clear and vivid prints from botanical materials.

It is suitable for absolute beginners, but will also be entirely relevant to improvers, especially those who are hoping to achieve clearer prints, richer  colours, and greater technical knowledg

Day 1  - can be taken as a  one day workshop

Today we will be making samples, using a variety of different fabrics and techniques. I will provide all the fabric you need, some of which will be mordanted ready for you. You will work with silk, wool and linen. (If you are a felter you are welcome to make a small sample using your own felt)

You will learn what equipment you need to start ecoprinting (inexpensively) at home

You will learn about mordants, and mordant some fabric or garments ready for day 2

Day 2

You will spend the day putting your new skills to use, printing  scarves and garments

We will also discuss how to source suitable fabrics, including charity shop finds to upcycle

You will go home with at least 2 beautiful wearable items, or fabric to sew into garments at home

Day 3 (optional)

Those who wish can stay on for another day – we will increase our repertoire of mordants and techniques, and tackle more complex garments- larger pieces or pieces with sleeves that require more complex folding techniques

We will not be combining natural dye with ecoprint this time. This will be covered  in a future workshop

 

What is included

Fabric samples for day 1

Mordants

Foliage (you are welcome to bring your own too)

Tea, coffee, soft drinks, biscuits

On day one we will arrange a ‘ bring and share’ lunch. Those travelling from afar will be able to obtain their contribution at our excellent  village shop

On days 2 and 3 lunch will be provided

Accommodation is not included, there are excellent b and bs and hotels nearby, info on request

Price:

Day 1 only £90

Days 1 and 2 £190

Days 1, 2 and 3 £290

Days 2 and 3 ( only for those who have already done  the  1 day introduction course) £100 per day

 

 

Ecoprint for textile artists and textile students

An intensive introduction to botanical contact printing

 This workshop was designed  in response  to the  many queries I’ve had from fellow artists : weavers, felters, quilters and textile students.

The  following areas will be  covered:

  • Sourcing fabric, including recycling and upcycling
  • Preparing fabric to print – protein and  cellulose fabrics
  • Mordants and  modifiers, iron blankets
  • Essential equipment for ecoprinting
  • Sourcing  plant material
  • Which dyeplants you can grow at home - and a tour of my dyeplant garden
  • Design and placement
  • Preparing dye pots from plant  material
  • Dyebath and steaming techniques
  • Laundering and aftercare  of ecoprinted fabric
  • Safety and  environmental issues

You will work in a small group, with a maximum of eight students. You will be working  with samples, to build up a reference of different  techniques. A sample pack of fabric will be provided, including some that has been premordanted for  you. You may also bring fabric samples of  your  own to experiment  with. Please  note  this  workshop will not  cover  the use  of  natural dye extracts, their  combination with ecoprint, or  the bundling and  printing  of large pieces  or  full garments. These  topics  will be  covered  in subsequent workshops

Plant  material will be  provided, and  you are encouraged to bring leaves  of  your  own too. Time permitting, we can forage  in the  fields and  hedgerows just outside my home

Bring a packed lunch, or  buy  a  snack or sandwich from our excellent  village  shop . Or if wished  we can arrange  for  the  group to do a ‘bring and  share’ buffet, an option that has  proved  very  popular with previous groups

 By the end of the day you will have all the  knowledge and skills needed to start ecoprinting  in your home  or  studio

Venue: Long Compton ,Warwickshire, UK

Date:27/05/17

Time:9.30 - 4.30 , or later if  people need  more time  to finish

Price £80.00

To book or  enquire, please  use  'contact ' on the  drop down menu, or email me at caroline.nixon@btinternet.com

A luxury introduction to ecoprint

 

This workshop is  suitable for people  who have  never  ecoprinted  before, and also for those  who have  some experience, but are not consistently  achieving  the  clear  prints and strong colours  that they hope  for. It will give you the knowledge and confidence  to start  ecoprinting  successfully at home, or it  could  simply be  an enjoyable and creative day out for someone who wants  to experience a  new technique. You will have the best of everything ! Individual attention, high quality materials, delicious  lunch , a tour  of  my dyeplant garden. And you will leave with a beautiful wool or silk scarf that you have printed  yourself.

The day will include:

  • A very small group of  students, maximum four, so you will get  lots  of  individual attention
  • Clear instructions, demonstrations, and  written information throughout the  day
  • Choose  from a range of high quality silk or wool scarves, to print during the day and take  home with you
  • Choose  from a range of plant  material chosen to maximise your chance of getting good  prints, including dye  plants  from my own garden, depending  on season and availability
  • While your scarf  is simmering, you will have  the chance  to experiment  with ecoprinting  on paper, or pre mordanted cloth samples
  • All materials  included
  • All the  information you need to start ecoprinting successfully and safely at home
  • The  knowledge and skills you learn will  give  you the  basics  you need  to attend  follow  on workshops  on working with cellulose  fabrics, adding  natural dye to ecoprint, and ecoprinting garments
  • Tea, coffee, cold drinks, fresh fruit and cakes throughout the day
  • A delicious  lunch – special dietary needs catered  for

Venue: Long Compton, Warwickshire,UK

Date: 24/05/17

Price: £145

This  workshop could also be run as a private workshop for a group of  friends - please enquire

To book or  enquire, please  use  'contact ' on the  drop down menu, or email me at caroline.nixon@btinternet.com

Coming soon

Summer 2017, dates tbc:

Combining natural dye with ecoprint

Ecoprinting  on cellulose fabrics

Printing larger pieces and garments

To enquire, or if  you wish to be  informed  once dates are available , please  use  'contact ' on the  drop down menu, or email me at caroline.nixon@btinternet.com