Workshop dates 2017

Dates for our popular workshops are now sorted for the first half of this year…

  • Saturday 18th February: Indigo Dyeing for Beginners
  • Saturday 4th March: Dyeing and printing with iron and plants
  • Sunday March 26th: Make a plant printed lampshade (Mother’s Day)
  • Weekend 1st + 2nd April: Printing and Bookmaking
  • Saturday 29 th April: Yoga , mindfulness and make an eco printed meditation shawl 
  • Saturday 27th May: Papermaking with plants
  • Sunday 11th June:  Blueprinting onto textiles and paper (Cyanotypes)
  • Saturday 1st July: Natural Dye workshop

SONY DSCBook now for just £65 including materials and a simple home-made lunch of soup, fruit and cake. There are only 4 spaces per class, which makes it nice and intimate with plenty of time to talk and really understand the processes. For more information on each class or any questions, please get in touch.

Private workshops – Make up your own special day at ColourField Studio

We can arrange a day where you learn the processes you want – this could be for your own CPD, to learn a new process, for a birthday, a hen day or other special treat. Just get in touch and we can start planning.

  • For 4 participants for a full day – £65 per person
  • One to one sessions which are particularly helpful as an introduction or for more in depth, specialist techniques (from £175)

Indigo and Shibori – Make it in Wales residential course in rural Wales

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I’m working with the lovely Make it in Wales team again next year. It’s held in a beautiful location and you will have three days there working to develop and refine your indigo dyeing. The last one held in July 2016 was a wonderful three days where everyone produced loads of great work and had a relaxing, constructive time. 

On this extensive course, I cover natural and synthetic Indigo, making and maintaining the vat, preparation, folding and stitch resist techniques, eco plant prints, dyeing and finishing. Book now here!

IMG_8606“I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It was very well run, everything we needed was supplied and our course tutor, Cat Lewis was an inspiring teacher. Cat taught us how to make an Indigo vat, not just how to use one and after she had demonstrated lots of different tying techniques, allowed us to develop our own special interests. We all ended up with favourite materials and tried inventing our own patterns.
All in all, it was brilliant. I would definitely encourage others to have a go. I am still dyeing with indigo. Cat opened a door for me and I am immensely grateful.” 

Other ideas for your workshop days

There’s a wealth of processes you can learn with us – from the basics of dyeing and printing, through to more advanced processes.

Examples of the processes we can teach you

Natural dyeing and printmaking: Learn to work with the natural world around you, understanding fibres, plants and chemicals, to dye safely and sustainably. Colours will vary depending upon the season and availability. Use recycled textiles and  easily obtainable resources from your garden, park and corner shop!

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Linen paper and shibori indigo dyed book

Book making and Binding: From simple single page folded leaflets to complex bound projects and restorations. we offer a programme of one to four-day workshops covering a range of topics. Some are suitable for those with little or no exposure to bookbinding while others are for those with more experience. Makers in other disciplines such as calligraphy, printmaking and textile art will find many of these structures ideal for the display of their work and for use as a more original sketch-book. The overall role of design in making a successful binding is an important aspect of each workshop and time is spent discussing the use of colour, texture and materials as well as the advantages and applications of a particular structure.

Paper and silk nests
Paper-making and casting: Experiment with this beautiful ancient art for collage work, printmaking and books: Catherine can introduce you to a wide range of techniques: making colourful recycled papers; experimenting with plant papers; paper pulp collage; dipped woven structures; cotton and linen rag papers; handmade paper books; incorporating textiles with paper-making; casting paper for three dimensional structures. For all ages and abilities.

Dye and Pigment Discharge/Colour reduction printing for textiles: Learn this fascinating and unpredictable technique for the removal of colour and the alteration of pre-dyed cloth.  Hand techniques such as painting, stencilling and shibori will be used and screen printing is also used depending on facilities available. This makes an ideal 2 day workshop if combined with a dyeing session on day 1. All chemicals and fabrics supplied.

Shibori: Experiment with this fascinating technique of applying dyes and creating structure to a variety fabrics. Using hot and cold water dyes, learn how to hand dye fabric and papers to create layers of texture and colour. An exciting process that creates wonderful colours, textures and patterns. Processes suitable for applying to fabric lengths and samples, clothing and accessories. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Velvet Devore
Indigo shibori devore velvet scarf

Devore printing: Learn how to master this fascinating technique of burning out sections of fabric using hand painting and screen-print application techniques. A chemical paste is applied onto fabric, which is then heated to cause a reaction and reveal layers of transparency and colour. An exciting process that you can apply to many fabrics, creating wonderful textures and patterns. A brilliant addition to your process repertoire if you are a textile printer, weaver or embroiderer. This is only suitable for adults and ideally those with some textile experience.

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Indigo and cyanotype silk and paper books

Cyanotype Prints: Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a stunning cyan-blue print. Engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints. The first photographic book published by Anna Atkins documenting British Algae, was made using Cyanotypes. It gives a beautiful blue photographic print onto paper and fabric. You will learn to prepare the cyanotype solution, coat and expose materials for cyanotype printing, image-making techniques (photogram, photography and print made from hand made negatives), steps to make a perfect print, how to ‘fix’, dry and flatten prints. All materials are supplied but you can also bring your own papers and fabrics to work onto. An exciting printing process that is easy and achievable by all ages and abilities. And it sits beautifully with indigo dyed silk!

There are more workshops available or processes can be combined, such as eco plant printing and bookmaking, screen printing and devore, etc.. contact Catherine to discuss your requirements and ideas.

Caring for your scarf

If you have recently bought one of my scarves or are lucky enough to have been given one as a gift, here’s a few extra thoughts on caring for it:

The more you wear it, the more it softens and becomes you. Many of my scarves have a frayed edge – don’t be afraid to pull off any loose threads, it will add to the pretty, distressed, natural look. 

Ideally just air your scarf after wearing it by hanging it up. We over wash our clothes these days and scarves aren’t likely to get very dirty!  That said, silk, linen and nylon are pretty tough fabrics and so it’s fine to wash them, but please do it gently, on a hand wash setting, with a gentle, non-bio powder. Then use a little eco fabric softner in the final rinse. 

They may be ironed, but the parachute silk nylon needs extra care and a very low setting. 

I hope you enjoy wearing for many years and feel good that it was made without causing any environmental damage. 


BBC Countryfile

So I can now reveal … last week I spent two days with a lovely BBC Bristol crew and presenter Anita Rani, filming for the Countryfile Autumn special on 23rd October. I had such a lovely day at Sharpham Park Estate, the home of Roger Saul, founder of Mulberry and Kilver Court. And best of all…. loads of wonderful walnuts for me to use in our winter collection of beautiful, sustainable textile products!

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Workshop & Walnuts

I’m busy getting the ColourField workshop in order, for a bit of an event next week … all will be revealed soon!

I plan to have an open day on Monday 31st October, which will be a chance for anyone to visit, have a cuppa and see what facilities and beautiful, naturally made products we have to offer.

’til then, there’s more walnuts to process!

Freshly picked walnut and husk


Ready for screen printing