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Course: Natural Dyeing with Garden Plants

National Wool Museum
19 September 2020, 10am-4pm
Cost £65 | £55 concession
Suitability 16+*
Booking via Eventbrite
Image: Dye plants
Image: Dye samples

This event has been cancelled due to general concerns over crowds and Coronavirus. Apologies for the inconvenience but the wellbeing of our visitors, staff and volunteers are our priority.


There are many garden plants that have been used for dyeing, and others that are grown especially for their colour potential. Learn what plants to choose, and how to grow them, in the inspirational setting of the Dye Garden at the National Wool Museum. Then dye a range of samples from honey tones to yellows, brown, red and coral pink (with notes on recipes to take home). Processes covered include preparation and use of plant dyes, and colour modification. All fibres will be prepared in advance (pre-mordanted).

This fun, relaxed day is suitable for complete beginners. All equipment and materials and protective clothing will be supplied - but you should wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a drip or two of dye on. You may also wish to bring a notebook and camera/phone.


Light refreshments will be provided. You're welcome to bring a packed lunch or visit our on-site catering facilities. 

All tickets for this event must be purchased in advance.

Language: this course will be held in English but we are happy to provide simultaneous translation if you'd like to take part in Welsh. Please choose a ticket in your language of choice, making sure you have one ticket for each person. Please book your tickets at least one week before the event.

Accessibility: our learning spaces are fully accessible. Please contact events@museumwales.ac.uk before booking to discuss any accessibility requirements.

Concession eligibility: students with NUS or those in receipt of benefits. Over 60s, Under 18s* (16-18 year olds must be accompanied by a participating adult)

Use postcode SA44 5UP for satnav.

Health and safety guidance for students

This workshop will involve the use of very small quantities of fine powder and possible dust from dried plant materials. Disposable dust masks will be provided. Please let the tutor know on the day if you have respiratory sensitivity and need to stand out of the work area.

Gloves (non-latex), aprons and goggles will be provided.

The workshop features wool, so please bear this in mind if you are allergic to wool/lanolin.

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