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Foraging for Colour - Wild Dyestuff Identification and Intro Natural Dyeing

  • Gartur Gartur, Port of Menteith Stirling UK (map)

Before the mid-1800s the only colour available to dyers were those found in the natural world. If you know where to look a world of colour is available on your doorstep. 

This one-day course will be led in conjunction with local ranger, Callum McNeill-Richie. The morning will focus on identifying and collecting whole dyestuffs in forests around the studio.  After a homecooked lunch, we will then look at processing the dye materials, preparing materials for dying and completing a sample project. 

Over the course of the day, you will learn:

  • to identify readily-available plants that can be used for natural dyeing and their historical context
  • how to extract the natural dyes from whole dyestuffs
  • how to process protein and plant-based fibres for dyeing

All materials will be supplied.  You will also be able to take away any of the dyestuff that you have foraged for use at home.  

The morning will include a walk in the woods and over the bog of the Cardross Estate. Good footwear and waterproof clothing is essential. 

No experience required.

Course Dates: 16th September 2017

Course Times: 930am - 430pm


Travelling from far?  Gartur Farm is located on the historic Cardross Estate with a range of self-catering and bed and breakfast accommodation.  Contact Nicola on 01877 385223 or for more information. Lochend Chalets and The Lake of Menteith Hotel are also nearby. 


Located just off the A811 near Arnprior, we are just 14 miles from Stirling and Milngavie.

Public Transport: Collection can be arranged from Stirling Rail Station. 

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