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    Natural Fabric Dyeing with Elly Sumner

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    This workshop is about getting back to the roots of fabric dyeing. We will explore fabric dyeing with natural pigments, many of which are found right in our own gardens! We will be using old school techniques combined with new age thinking. We will explore three dyeing techniques - steaming, pounding and tie dye. You will get hands on and will be able to take your dyed item home with you. 

    Steaming - With this technique we will be dyeing one of YOUR shirts. It needs to be a light coloured, natural fiber, non stretchy shirt. Please drop this to the Farm the week prior on either Tues, Thurs or Saturday morning so Elly can prepare them so the dye will hold. If this is tricky for you we can use a tea towel that Elly can provide. 

    Pounding - With this technique we will be dying cotton tea towels that Elly will provide. 

    Tie-dyeing - Elly will demonstrate this process so you can note the technique and try it yourself at home. 

    About our facilitator:

    Elly Sumner has a creative up-bringing & a lifetime of education in the arts. As a multi-talented creative she runs a slow-fashion label, works as an illustration artist & muralist, has a niche skill in making mascots & has a qualification in horticulture & permaculture gardening. She has a passion for sharing her knowledge & can often be found running screen printing, natural dyeing & plant care workshops along side these amazing skills. 

    After living overseas for the best part of a decade Elly returned home to create her small business 'The Sumner Collective'. It is under this label that she creativity flourishes, you can come along for Elly's journey via social media @thesumnercollective.

    This workshop includes a light morning tea. 

    When: Saturday 8 July, 9.30am to 11.30am (you're welcome to come along early to have a wander through the Farm)

    Were: North Fremantle Social Farm, Thompson Rd, North Fremantle (next to the Community Hall)

    Cost: $40 members, $60 non-members. New social members always welcome, become a member here

    Bring: Please drop your light coloured, natural fiber, non stretchy shirt to the Farm the week prior on either Tues, Thurs or Saturday morning. If this is difficult or you have any questions please email Amy at

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