Brunhilde & Jude : Eco Printing, Natural Dyeing, Shibori & Books

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Brunhilde & Jude : Eco Printing, Natural Dyeing, Shibori & Books


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

Learn to create complex layers using related but different processes.

Printing with Leaves,   Natural Dye,  Indigo,  Shibori Techniques,  Tray Dyeing with rust and tannins. Options offered will be, book construction and stitch embellishments.  

Dates June 18th - 22nd 2018

Venue: The Committed to Cloth Studio, 

Course Fee £450

Supplies Fee £ 40 which will include specialist paper

Deposit £250 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.



Committed to Cloth tutors and students know Jude as "She who must be obeyed!" She is Leslie's Studio Manager, sanity-checker and friend!  Jude has always thought that the indigo process comes with a great deal of magic! The history and tradition of Indigo goes hand in hand with her Buddhist tradition.  She became intrigued by the thought of taking this ancient process and using it in a fresh and different way. By adding a layer of stitch resist and subsequent Indigo dyeing she controls and enhances the energy and chaos of the bright fabrics. She then goes on to embellish the results with more stitch .


Both tutors use traditional and historical techniques in a innovative, fresh approach.  Jude and Brunhilde have been working together exchanging ideas, challenging perceptions, and each other!! Their unique specialities contrast, compliment and combine to expand the possibilities. 


  • Printing with Leaves, 
  • Natural Dye
  • Indigo
  • Shibori Techniques
  • Tray Dyeing with rust and tannins
  •  Stitch Embellishment and or Bookmaking

 Beginning with the principles of Eco Printing, using wool, silk, cotton, other natural fibres, and specialist papers, the student will explore techniques to develop complex, multilayered fabric and paper. 

This workshop will enable participants to print on fabric using leaves, other plant materials and mordants – a process called Eco Printing. These prints are brilliant in terms of colour and are light fast.  The workshop will also encourage the student to combine printing with other natural dyeing techniques and will act as a good introduction to the potential offered by using natural raw materials.   Each student will have also have a chance to use these skills on different weights and types of paper, and also vegan leather. The subsequent cloth and paper will be used for bookmaking, and/or stitch embellishment.  




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 5.00pm. 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 promptly 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