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Adult Workshops: Natural Dyeing

21 Sep 2024

Learning Centre

Age 16+  

Advance booking required

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This full-day workshop with natural dyer and textile artist 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.   


  • Find out how to use homegrown or foraged plants 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   




£60 Adult  

£55 Annual Pass holder, National Museums Scotland Member, National Trust for Scotland Member*  

£55 Over 65s, Student, Unemployed, Disabled, Young Scot**  


All tickets include museum admission on the day.  


*Annual Pass and Member tickets are available to existing Annual Pass holders, National Museums Scotland Members and National Trust for Scotland Members. 

**Valid ID required. Carers of disabled people free.  

Materials and equipment

  • All materials will be provided 
  • 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 

Key information

  • The workshop will run 10:15–16:00 with a 45-minute break for lunch. Lunch is not provided, however participants are welcome 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 12 participants
To the farm at the National Museum of Rural Life

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National Museum of Rural Life
East Kilbride
G76 9HR

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