Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Natural dye sustainability program 可持續天然印染社區發展

Nuno felt and natural print and dye

Further to my last workshop of natural dye in THEi for their sustainability program, today I was honored to be a guest for their students to conduct a series of workshops for the trainers of Salvation Army to deploy the sustainability program in the coming year.
有幸今日參與 THei 學生為救世軍義工成員的天然印染工作坊, 這是學院與救世軍的一項可持續發展項目之一.  席間我也示範 nuno felt 及純羊毛的印染效果. 我特別有興趣以紅花可做熱染黃色及隨後泠染的粉紅, 一天的工作坊各人喜孜孜拿著豐富色彩回去, 我也有幸捧著學院講師的著作 "布喜" , 絕對是我的 一本天書. 
After the leuctuer's briefing the workshop started with practice on natural dye with Safflower which gives yellow in hot dye then cold dye to get pink color.
Shades of colors are pretty on different fabrics depend on timing of dipping.
Yellow can also be got from Turmeric dye
So bright yellow on silk and cotton 

While they're practising natural dyeing, I made a wool felt purse to show them the difference on wool dyeing/printing.
The purse was dyed in Turmeric dye pot with eucalyptus prints.  It looks mustard yellow.
They're impressed with the outcome of leaves prints.
I also done two pieces of nuno felt with crinkle chiffon base.  Bundle dyed in Turmeric and iron pot separately.
Their pieces are fantastic.
With iron mordant sandwiched fabric the leaves outlines are great.
Clear outlines of maple, rose and euc leaves on silk.
Paper prints were tried.  Also cotton glove dyed in hot Safflower then cold Safflower was pretty, shades from yellow to orange.
The trainers from Salvation Army and students from THEi are wonderful.  Some participants from Salvation Army are voluntees who will train others for further development in the organisation. Thanks for THEi for the sustainability program.  I walked away with new skills of natural dye.  What's more is the book "Fabric-lous 布喜", the author is one of the organisers.  The book is informative with step-by-step easy guide.  My bible for fabric design!


  1. beautiful results from the instruction given! What a great group! All lovely smiles,

  2. Always great to see your work, your learnings your students work and your enthusiasm, Terrie! I've been wanting to try safflower for the pink and yellow from same extract but haven't done it yet; Maybe soon, thanks to your posting!

    1. Thanks Ginny. Can't wait to try safflower. Just done for silk laps, silk hankies and mulberry silk. Got very sweet yellow/gold color but not for pink yet.

  3. Hi Terri,

    The results of safflower are beautiful! Do you know if there is an English version of the Fabric-lous book?


    1. Thanks Rhonda. The "Fabric-lous" is a book of both Chinese and English, very user friendly.

  4. Great fabrics! Who wrote the Fabric-lous book, Terriea?

  5. Oooo LOVE the safflower dyeing! Amazing to get two such lovely, and so very different, colours just by using hot or cold water..


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