We will begin with using the technique that India Flint used with her grandmother, which inspired her to try printing on fabric with leaves. Using freshly gathered leaves we’ll use a rolling technique to print onto silk. We’ll put these in the dye baths – there’ll be three dye baths to choose from. The “bundles” will have at least 3 hours to simmer away in the dye baths.
We’ll then use more leaves to print onto paper. There’ll be opportunities to cut, tear, fold papers before adding leaves and putting them in the dye baths. The above is usually busy and exciting, so when we have all the fabric and papers in the dye baths, we’ll do some stitching. We’ll learn some stitch shibori techniques, using pure cotton fabric, which will then go into the dye baths.
We’ll end with making “slow bundles”, a technique I’ve learnt from my mother and from India Flint.
"Lizzie Godden really knows her stuff and explains everything clearly. A lovely creative atmosphere throughout the day. Pace of the session was excellent, never a dull moment".
You will need to bring a jam jar with a well fitting lid, strong plastic containers to take items home in, old clothes/an apron.
The course starts on Saturday morning at 10am, with a delicious home cooked meal at 12. An afternoon tea will be provided and the day finishes at 4pm.
Please check our website for our recommended places to stay. If you wish to stay on site, we have 2 double bedrooms with B&B, a 4m bell tent which can be rented or you may bring your own tent. These will be charged at an extra cost, prices on application. There is on site parking for all.