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Discover nature's colour pallet in our natural textile dying workshop. You'll learn how to select and prepare textiles for dying, how to harvest dye plant materials (wattle, eucalyptus...) & use commercially prepared dyes (madder, saffron, logwood, sapponwood...). Then it's time for you to embrace your creativity and put colour to cloth under the guidance of an experienced textile artist. Shibori is a traditional Japanese resist technique that results in beautiful designs on textiles. You’ll explore the possibilities of tying, clamping and more as an introduction to Shibori. During this half day course you'll produce a sample & two silk scarves to take home to begin your journey into natural textile dying. 

2.5 hr half day workshop 

All materials supplied.

Additional materials and silk scarves available for purchase on the day.

Natural Textile Dyeing
SHIBORI Workshop


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Make your next event unique, perfect for hens and birthday parties, or a fun day with friends. Minimum 6 people.

NEWCASTLE: The Creator Incubator is where creativity happens. A thriving shed full of artist studios located in eclectic Hamilton, Newcastle. Join us for a workshop and make sure you leave time to visit the gallery and take a wander through studios while you're here!
LAKE MAC: Visit the studio of Michelle Leilani, nestled on the edge of the bush where the bower birds call home, you'll enjoy working in the outdoor studio in a converted horse stable, surrounded by a thriving permaculture garden that provides plant material for the workshop.
WE'LL COME TO YOU:  at your chosen venue throughout the Hunter, Sydney and Central Coast regions.


Michelle is an experienced textile artist, a graduate of UNSW School of Art Design in Sydney, where she studied with nationally recognised textile artist Liz Williamson. Her fascination with colour, textiles, and love for plants has been combined in her continued study and exploration of natural dying, receiving recent tuition with textile artist Julie Ryder & master dyer Aboubaker Fofana. 

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