Brunhilde Scheidmeir: EcoPrint 2017

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Brunhilde Scheidmeir: EcoPrint 2017


Printing with Leaves & Natural Dyes

In this 4 day workshop Brunhilde will enable participants to print on fabric and papers, using leaves, other plant materials and mordants – Eco Printing.

Use wool, silk, cotton, other natural fibres and specialist papers to achieve vibrant results. 

Dates July 26th - 29th, 2017

Venue The C2C Studio, 

Course Fee £400

Supplies Fee £15

Deposit £200 on booking

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Brunhilde is a practising textile artist and is co-author of ‘Natural Printing with Plant Dyes on Fabric', in German and English!

Her artistic focus is in working with natural dyes and mordants in combination with other surface design techniques. She gives classes in her studio, and at other venues in Germany and abroad.


This workshop will enable participants to print on fabric using leaves, other plant materials and mordants – a process sometimes referred to as ‘eco-printing’. These prints are brilliant in terms of colour and also durability.  The workshop will also enable you to combine printing with other natural dyeing techniques and will act as a good introduction to the potential offered by using natural raw materials.   The subsequent cloth can be used for clothing, scarves, soft furnishings such as cushions and throws, quilt-making and art cloth. She will give the student a chance to use these skills on different weights and types of paper, and also faux leather.

There is also potential for stitch paper and bookmaking.


Brunhilde will spend the first part of the course explaining the principles of Eco Printing, and encourage systematic samples on cotton. Then there will be a chance to explore the reactions to the plants and mordants on differing fibres. The rest of the class will allow time for larger pieces of work on fabric, scarves, and paper.


All necessary equipment and raw materials needed for the process will be supplied on site, including:

  • 2 hot water urns for steaming
  • assorted leaf material
  • mordants
  • assorted natural dyes


A fairly minimal list to prepare:


Please bring the equivalent of 6 metres of scoured cloth which can include:

  • cellulose fibres; such as cotton, bamboo, linen, hemp etc.
  • protein fibres: silk and wool
  • blends: fabric such as Silkco (silk-cotton)

A range of fabrics is available at the studio. Together Brunhilde and I will be getting in special fabrics, such as silk mixes, light weight wools, which will including some blank scarves. There will also be appropriate papers for books and their covers.


Collect some raw material from your garden or local environment and bring it fresh or if you wish, you can press it and bring it dry.  Be warned that the colour a plant looks in it’s raw state may not dye as it appears!        

  • Chlorophyll is not dissolvable in water, so don’t always expect green
  • The choice of mordant will affect the outcome
  • The fibre in the cloth will have an influence on the colours

Some good examples to look for include:

  • Leaves from trees: chestnut, eucalyptus, maple, oak and ‘tree of heaven’ (Alianthus altissima) all yield bold prints.  Other species such as birch, beech staghorn sumac, cherry, walnut and ornamental plum will yield decent results.
  • Leaves from shrubs: rose leaves perform very well as do blackberry leaves and consider cotinus, bush medlar, grape vine, viburnum, cornus/dogwood.
  • Flowers: marigold flowers produce a beautiful and relatively durable yellow whereas whilst roses may look beautiful, they yield a brown when dyed (rose leaves are better).
  • Vegetables: red onion can give a very beautiful red imprint, onions skins are useful to dye background colour.


  • A roll of string.
  • A pair of scissors.
  • Three 1 inch flat brushes 
  • Two large artists watercolour brushes
  • Rubber gloves (suggest two pairs).
  • Wear old clothes suitable for gardening or decorating, and/or bring a cloth apron.
  • Please note :

    It is important to wear sturdy, flat, rubber-soled sensible shoes with good support, that will resist hot water. 

  • A notebook and pen.
  • A camera as it can be useful to take photographs of processes or work-in-progress.



Please arrive no later than 9.15am on the Wednesday for a 9.30am start.  Teaching hours will run from 9.30am to 5.  The studio opening hours will be from 8.30am to 5.30pm. If you arrive early bear in mind that the Class does not begin until 9:30 and we may still be setting up. 

On Saturday, the studio will close at prompt at 4:30.

Studio Information

Lunches, tea/coffee and nibbles and fruit will be provided.

See the Accommodation list, which comes with student feedback, if you need to stay locally.

Contact and Directions :

 Leslie Morgan

or Jude Kingshott