Eco-Print Workshop

Printing with plants & natural dyes

• July 11–12, 2015 / SOLD OUT

• July 18–19, 2015 / Booked for a group

• August 15–16, 2015

• September 12–13, 2015


Explore the fascinating process of creating botanical monoprints – dying and printing fabrics with native plants.

Each two-day workshop will cover:

• how to choose and prepare plants for dyeing
• diversity of dye-colours produced by plants
• understanding of dye-fixing and modifying substances (mordants) for silk,   cotton and wool
• different techniques of folding and tying fabrics
• methods of cooking bundles and constructing cold bundles for solar dying.

Workshops are held in a rustic barn located on 23 acres of meadows and deciduous trees, minutes from Tweed and 35 km north of Belleville, Ontario.
The setting is very tranquil, with plenty of botanical materials from the property and dyer’s garden.

At the end of the workshop, participants will leave with one-of-a-kind, eco-printed fabrics to use in textile art or sewing projects.

Workshops require a minimum of four students; registration closes at six students, so there will be plenty of personal attention!
No experience is necessary — just come and play!


Register by e-mail and secure your spot by forwarding the full workshop fee by cheque or e-transfer.

Please, no post-dated cheques.


Two-day workshop: $180.00
Materials fee (fabrics not included): $20.00

Cancellation Policy

If the workshop is cancelled (insufficient attendance) you will receive a full refund.
If you must cancel for personal reasons, refunds less a $10.00 administration fee or a credit towards another workshop are given only if you contact me by phone or by e-mail 7 days before the date of the workshop.

Workshop Hours

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


River House Studio
843 Stoco Road RR4
Tweed, Ontario K0K 3J0


Located approximately 21/2 hours from Toronto and
Ottawa, 45 minutes north of Belleville.
From Hwy. 401, take exit 544. Take Hwy. 37 north towards Tweed for 35 km. Just before Tweed (at a blinking yellow light), turn right onto Marlbank Road. Drive about 3 km. After crossing a bridge, turn left onto Stoco Road. Keep left and drive about 3 km more. 843 Stoco Road is on your left — look for a large grey barn.

Fabric recommendations

All fabrics should be PFD (prepared for dyeing) or pre-washed

— 4 to 6 yards of heavier weight 100% silk Habotai 16 mm
— 2 to 3 yards light weight 100% silk Habotai 12 mm, 10 mm or 5 mm
— 4 to 6 yards of 100% cotton or linen
— woven 100% wool fabric sheer to heavy

Students can bring used clothes, old bed sheets (100% cotton) etc. in addition or instead

I have silk fabric available for purchase in my studio, see price list.

Students should bring

— markers, sewing tape measure and calculator
— paper and pen for taking notes
— camera for recording steps
— apron
— 2 large bowls that can get dirty (metal or plastic, ones from Dollar store are good)
— rubber gloves
— extra bucket
— fabric and plant scissors, knife
— delicate hand laundry soap
— some means to identify your bundle (coloured ribbon or strips of coloured fabric)
— wear old clothes and shoes

Bring brown bag lunch. Coffee and treats will be provided.

All native plant materials, copper pipes, tin cans and rusty objects will be provided.
If you want to bring any specialty plants such as eucalyptus, which you can purchase at florists (just make sure the plant material is not treated or dyed) feel free.

Materials fee includes

— native plant materials
— rubber bands
— twine to tie the bundles
— mordants
— large zip lock bags
— plastic wrap
— paper towels
— medical gloves

Price list

Silk material available at River House Studio

Scarves –Silk Habotai 8 mm, machine hemmed, 60" x 15"
1 scarve – $16.00
(In stock: 12 scarves)

Silk Habotai 16mm, 45" wide
1 yard – $19.00
(In stock: 12  yards)

Silk Habotai 12mm, 45" wide
1 yard – $15.00
(In stock: 10 yards)

Silk Habotai 10mm, 45" wide
1 yard – $14.00
(In stock: 10 yards)

Silk Habotai 5mm, 36" wide
1 yard – $7.00
(In stock: 6 yards)

We were all happy with the results