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Welcome to Fireweed Farm & School! We grow rare and hard to find organic medicinal herb plants and seeds, craft high quality herbal products, and provide education on herbal medicine, wildcrafting, herb growing, and nature-based arts. Fireweed is located on the beautiful Saanich Peninsula near Victoria BC on Southern Vancouver Island.


Natural Dyeing Workshop

Be inspired as the plants imprinted their magic on the fabric. In this hands-on workshop students will explore the creative process of creating natural pigments from medicinal plants. 


with Diana Millar
Saturday, September 28th, 2019
Location: Fireweed Farm

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class description

In this afternoon class you'll learn how to prepare and scour materials for natural fabric dyeing. We'll discuss how to create dye pots and how to use mordants to achieve colourfastness. 

You will gather different flowers, leaves, and berries from the garden to use to create subtle hues and designs. Using local and native plants, each student will get to explore hands-on techniques in different natural dyeing and resist methods. 

Natural dyeing is a beautiful way to extend your study of medicinal herbs. A way to connect into the harvest and preserve your time with the plants by wearing them. Participants will get to take home 2 organic cotton bandanas that they will naturally dye during the workshop. 

Thanks for taking the time to prepare such a lovely introductory workshop to natural dyeing. I appreciated the simplicity of it, that you made it seem very doable (and it is) yet I know it’s also possible to get into creating some really complex pieces, as it is with any form of art. I was quite taken with the range of colours to be had - subtle to vibrant and all beautiful - and look forward to exploring and working with different plants and fabrics.
— Mary-Lou

about your instructor

Over the years, Diana Millar has studied medicinal uses of plants, including aromatherapy and a wide array of herbal medicine making techniques, but came to love the pureness of working directly with the plants to release their pigments and dyes.  For Diana, natural dyeing is a way to explore, preserve and wear these beautiful plants with a palette of hues that could only come from nature.  She is currently working on a line of naturally dyed home-goods that are inspired from the plants themselves -- the leaves, the roots, the flowers and the magical qualities that these plants possess and release through the act of dyeing.