When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Zoe Burt
  • Course Code W23TTSE02B
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

Learn to extract colour from roots, leaves, bark, flowers and berries. Practice how to make mordants for different fabric types and how to extend a colour palette using them as modifiers. Create a bespoke record book of harmonious colours from nature. Harvest plants from the Morley dye garden. Review natural dyeing, past and present through active learning, fabric samples, presentations, books, and digital resources. This course can be taken individually or sign up for each term: Seasonal Natural Dyeing : Winter, Spring and Summer to take you through the year

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Prepare fabric to dye it naturally
  • Understand how different plant parts can create colour: roots, leaves, bark, flowers, berries
  • Harvest plants from the Morley dye garden
  • Review natural dyeing past and present
  • Explore print processes with plant colour


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Teaching is both on a group and individual basis with technical advice in a specialist studio with a dye garden on site. The tutor will give demonstrations, presentations and lead group discussions around the historical and contemporary use of natural dyeing. By the end of the course everyone will have a range of naturally dyed fabric swatches together with notes for techniques to give them confidence to try their own natural dyeing projects.

    Entry requirements

    The course is suitable for beginners and intermediate levels

    What you need to know before you enrol

    This course is on the second floor of the Nancy Seear Building on King Edwards Walk. There is lift access to the first floor only. Good mobility required for stairs to studio and garden.

    What you need

    A beautiful sketchbook/presentation book to document your work, pen, rubber gloves and apron.

    What you can do next

    The course provides a start to dyeing with plants, you may wish to explore further natural dyeing classes such as Seasonal Natural Dyeing Winter, Spring and Summer or Print with Natural Dye Extracts