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Adult Workshop: Natural Dyeing

19 Nov 2022

Age 16+

Advance booking required

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Want to get creative with colour? Join artist  Elisabeth Viguie-Culshaw for a hands-on natural dyeing workshop using locally cultivated plants. 


£45 Adult

£40 Annual Pass holder, National Museums Scotland Member, National Trust for Scotland Member

£40 Concession (Student, Unemployed, Disabled, Over 60s)

All prices include museum admission on the day.

This three-hour workshop with natural dyer and dye plant grower Elisabeth Viguie-Culshaw is suitable for both beginners and those with some natural dyeing experience. This hands-on workshop will get you started with all you need to know to start dyeing at home. 

What to expect

In this workshop you will: 

  • Find out how to use plants grown in the garden or foraged to dye yarn and fabric in permanent shades of yellow, blue or green 
  • Discuss how and where plant material can be gathered sustainably 
  • Learn about fibre, how to select the appropriate material, and how to prepare and mordant it so that your work becomes colourfast 
  • Work together to set up a dye bath for yellow dye, and a woad vat for blue dye 
  • Learn how to overdye to create green from a combination of yellow and blue dye 
  • Create a selection of small samples in a variety of shades to take home and use in your own projects  

Materials and equipment 

  • All materials will be provided, however participants are also welcome to bring their own yarn (10 grams) or a small section of silk fabric to dye. 
  • We recommend participants bring an apron and gloves (not provided) and wear old clothing. 
  • While the ingredients and mordants used are safe, participants may wish to bring a mask to use when mixing the mordant. 

Key information 

  • The workshop will run 11:00–15:00 with an hour’s break for lunch. Lunch is not provided, however participants may choose to visit the museum café or bring a picnic to eat outdoors. 
  • Water, tea and coffee will be provided at the start of the workshop. 
  • Suitable for age 16+, maximum 10 participants. 

Aspects of the natural dyeing process

Images illustrating aspects of the natural dyeing process © Elisabeth Viguie-Culshaw.


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Mushroom Alchemy

On Saturday 8 October, join Rhyze Mushrooms for a beginner’s mushroom cultivation workshop. Learn how to grow oyster mushrooms from household waste, and come away with all the materials you need to get started at home.

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Mushrooms © Rhyze Mushrooms

Getting here

National Museum of Rural Life
East Kilbride
G76 9HR

Maps and directions


  • Adapted toilets are available, including baby changing and an adult changing bench.
  • There is an induction loop in the cinema
  • Paths leading to the farm buildings provide firm smooth surfaces for pushchairs and wheelchairs. However, the distance is approximately half a mile and in places, the path is relatively steep. Seating is provided at regular intervals. A tractor and trailer, the Farm Explorer, is provided for this purpose and is suitable for wheelchair users. This service is free of charge and runs regularly throughout the day.
  • The ground floor, but not the first floor, of the farmhouse is accessible by wheelchair.
  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs are admitted.

For more information, click here. 

Visiting safely

Safety measures are in place to ensure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible. Current visiting information can be found on our Plan Your Visit page.

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