Botanical Dye and Aromatherapy Workshop Recap + Field Notes
Last weekend, we hosted an awesome group of guests who discovered the power and possibility of plants working with all natural plant based dyes at our Botanical Dyeing and Aromatherapy workshop in Topanga. In this workshop, we experiment with natural dye on fiber while exploring aromatherapeutic blends. Everyone created something beautiful, and the art of botanical dyes intertwined perfectly with aromatherapy. All of the attention and energy that went into organizing the event paid off big when we saw the results on silk and smelled the beautiful aromatherapeutic blends. Be sure to scroll on down to see the marvelous results!
Today, I will share some pictures and inspiration from the day, so that you can learn more about the process, if you would like to try botanical dyeing at home. If you are considering attending a future event, then you can sign-up later in the post.
The night before all of the silks were pre-soaked with alum, a mineral mordant then left to dry.
Guests laid out irises, hibiscus, dried rose petals, and onion skins in a random and creative fashion to be used as dye, then rolled and folded their silk bundles to steam in the kitchen. We secured them with twine. Some guests even applied some shibori-like folds to their bundles. While our botanical dye bundles were steaming, we were treated to some amazing Aromatherapy with Flin K. Grant.
Avocado Dye on Silk Tutorial
If I told you that avocados could be used as a natural dye, I bet you would be surprised that they would create the most beautiful pink hues on fabric! This also makes a great last-minute Valentine's gift, if you happen to have a piece of silk laying around at home. Later, you can sew it into a pillow or gift a scarf to someone. If you have time, you could raid your local thrift shop for vintage silk camis or dress, that could be up-cycled too! This process also works well on a white kid's t-shirts that have become gray. Although today, I will share the results on silk you can certainly try this on cotton or wool too!
Today, I will share with you 2 silk scarves left in the dye pot for varying amounts of time. The white silk to the left shows how the silk looked prior to dyeing. At right, you can see the pale ballet pink that can be achieved with avocado pits and skins. Read more to learn about the process, plus see all of the wonderful results!
So happy, it's Friday! Do you feel me? The past few weeks have been filled with creativity but also, extremely fun & busy, so I am looking forward to the weekend to just semi-kickback and relax.
If you are a Shibori artist, like myself, then this article is my gift to you! My guess is that you are either basically brand new to Shibori and just starting out, or a bit more advanced and looking to deepen you're practice. Either way, you have come to the right place! Today, I am sharing all of my suggestions for supplies and materials so that you can get started having a blast with indigo dyes and creating Shibori patterns.
Keep reading to see which materials that I have found that work best from beginner to more advanced.
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