Course programme for 2020 held over until later in the year and 2021 our Dering Dye Days
2020 PROGRAMME suspended BUT we are convening a conference to be held in a virtual world: BIODYES INTERFACE 21 October 2020
DERING DYE DAYS (more below) On the farm in SMARDEN, Kent. Priced as for those at the Woolshed BUT you get a voucher towards your lunch at the historical Dering Arms. This means you can have a modest to posh lunch depending upon how much extra you wish to spend. We use the lunch-time to show slides and chat. Plenty of time for Qs and As. Great fun last year - see below.
DATES: Sat 9th MAY 2020 - Reds and Blues Sat 13th JUNE 2020 - Weld, Woad and Madder 1 Sat 11th JULY 2020 - Weld, Woad and Madder 2 Sat 10th OCTOBER 2020 - Wild dyes of Autumn & 'bin-dive' dyes (freebies) may still run. Dependent in part on whether the Dering Arms is available.
More on DERING DYE DAYS - At the farm in Smarden with a voucher towards your lunch at The Dering Arms. Report on Sept 14, 2019. 'Wild Dyes of Autumn and Winter' ended up as a Dering Dye Day. Effectively a fun 'bushcraft' day with a posh lunch! We explored the farm for possible dye material, arranged it in a prepared cotton tote, steamed it while we had lunch, and then stuffed it with bubble wrap and (if wished) sponged on a modifier. Merino roving was dyed with walnuts, and blackberries (separately) and the effect of pH and modifiers was also demonstrated. Admittedly, blackberry is not the fastest of dyes, but it certainly gives a beautiful range of colours, and the modifiers can help to make it more secure.
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRY? Send me an e-mail, click the contact button, or contact me via Instagram: @ecodyesjenny where you'll often see photos of what can be achieved with plant material.