Natural Dye


This natural dye class is a comprehensive introduction to dying natural fibres with botanicals.

You will learn how to harvest plants, and collect dye materials that yield vibrant colours. You will also learn new skills, create dye recipes, start a dye journal, and hand-dye a project, and fibre samples. This is an in-person group class. Please read our course description for more details.

Duration: 12 hrs

Instructor: Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby
Materials: Materials Included


Nature provides us with so many amazing sources of colour, and much of our everyday household kitchen waste can be used as a natural dye. The process of extracting and using natural pigments is an art, and a sustainable way to add colour to natural fibres.

This Natural Dye class is a comprehensive introduction to natural dying. The class explores the art of natural dyeing on natural fibres, using hands-on activities, lectures, and demonstrations. You will learn how to select dye materials that will yield excellent colours in your dye pot. We will create natural dye baths and experiment with different colour combinations. You will also learn how to successfully prepare your fibres for dying and achieve a range of colours from a dye material.

Taught by Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby; a fibre artist, professional instructor and the founder of Crafted Spaces. Yvette-Michelle will take you through the process of creating beautiful, vibrant, and sustainable natural colours.

4 Sessions = 12 Hours of Instruction

What you can expect

  • fun, interactive sessions in a supportive learning environment
  • learn how to set up your natural dye practice
  • selection, and preparation of your dye materials
  • learn how to scour your dyeable materials
  • learn how to successfully mordant cellulose, and protein fibres
  • create, and explore several dye recipes
  • achieve vibrant, clear colours, and work with modifiers
  • create dye samples
  • dye, and overdye several dyeable projects, and natural fibre samples
  • start a dye journal with swatches, and samples
  • discussion, review, and Q+A

A class kit is included. The kit includes dye materials, mordant, dyeable, fibre samples (silk, cotton, linen, wool and bamboo), and other supplies. This Natural Dye Kit is only available to enrolled students. Students are also welcome to use their own dye materials, and or dyeable projects (please contact us for details). A list of additional supplies needed will be provided upon registration.

Learn everything you need to know to continue your exploration into natural dyes. . .

This course is intended for anyone interested in the practice of natural dying. This course is only offered once a year. If you want to focus on dying yarn, join our Natural Dye Yarn class. This class is non-refundable, please review the date and confirm that it works for your schedule. Contact us for more information details.

**This class and its content is for personal use only. No portion of this class may be recorded, shared or distributed without the written consent of Crafted Spaces. Read our Terms and Conditions before registering.

Additional information

Important Information

We recommend that you wear long sleeves.


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