Bespoke, commissioned work

ColourField can supply bespoke printed and dyed cloth for

  • Fashion & interior
  • Bridal-wear
  • Costume/breakdown work for TV, film and theatre
  • Artist’s materials – inks, dyes, papers
  • Surface pattern designs
  • Art installations
  • Colour matching and consultation

Dyeing: Catherine dyes small batches of natural fibres and cloth to order: fleeces for felters and spinners, yarn for weavers and knitters, flat textiles and garments for designers and makers, cushions, lampshades and covers for interiors. Specialised dyeing techniques are available such as dipped, ombre, sprayed and patch dyeing.
She predominantly uses dyes made from seasonal local plants, berries, nuts, flowers, leaves and woods. She also uses local natural pigments such as charcoal, rust and earth. Her mordants are home made if possible, from things like rhubarb, tannin, vinegar and iron. Occasionally it’s necessary to use small amounts of synthetic dyes if a project requires it, but this is always done in a low impact way, with little or no waste. Each project is individually priced depending on its costs and time.

img_0543Sampling: costs £15 per colour. First supply a sample of at least 5cm square. Up to 3 fabric swatches can be sampled at a time; for more swatches or for larger pieces requiring sampling get in touch.

The price of the full dye service will depend on the type of dye that is to be used, the weight and type of the material that is to be dyed and whether any pattern or finish needs to be added. Fabric can be dyed in lengths of up to 5 metres. Due to the beautiful unique nature of natural dyes, colours may vary however every effort will be taken to create an even tone. All fabrics must be sampled before Catherine can dye large quantities.

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Natural dyeing

Printing: Catherine can produce decorated and textured surface patterned cloth using a variety of techniques. Natural pigment printing is our preferred method but she can work with acid dye prints for silk, wool and nylon or reactive prints for hemp, viscose, bamboo, cotton and linens. Sublimation printing is used for synthetics. Photographic blueprints can be produced onto any natural fibres. She is also a specialist in more complex print and dyeing processes such as discharge, devoré, foiling and flock. Each project is individually priced depending on its costs and time.

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Swatch sample packs  are available from £15

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