Summer Blast at Walford Mill ( walfordmillcrafts.co.uk). A fabulous range of workshops for children, and I get to take the dyeing workshop.
it was chaotic and colourful fun
first I upgraded some patterns
In the morning there were nine eager students. T-shirts and squares of fabric were bound, tied and pleated ready to be dyed using dozens of elastic bands and handfuls of chickpeas
The afternoon I set up a small indigo vat. A different pace to this workshop. Eight students this time who spent an hour preparing their t shirts and fabric. Then the magic of the indigo vat was revelled. The enthusiasm was amazing. I explained how to use the vat. They listened, and then just splashed away! Rivulets of indigo, bubbles in the vat.
There was also lots of smiles and laughter plus a very impressive line of blue cloth.
A little bit of the washing line. The t-shirts have been bound using large stones gathered from round and about. I can tell you that the shapes emerged were wonderful The now blue stones were returned from whence they came.
Sadly no other pics - too involved in dipping and dyeing. I have to thank Jazz my very able assistant, and the children who were marvellous. Maybe some of they are wearing their master pieces today!