Print and paint with Botanical dyes


Saturday, August 17
09:30 to 16:30


137,40 $ Can
30,00 $ Can
167,40 $ Can (without taxes)

Spaces available


All workshop registrations are non-refundable, unless the class is cancelled by the Festival.

Please note that your 3 day pass is included with this workshop (1 per person).


Join Natalie Grambow for this one-day workshop where you will learn how to create a range of colours from plant sources: plants, leaves, bark, roots, and even insects! Participants will learn how to extract a concentrated botanical dye for direct application on textile. By painting or writing on textiles with concentrated dyes, and mixing with natural thickening agents to print, stamp and use stencils, participants will be able to explore all the options that vegetable dyes have to offer. The subject of mordants and colour modifiers will also be covered during the workshop. Natalie will share her knowledge of vegetable and natural dyes with you! Knowledge of natural dyes may be practical, but no experience is required. This one-day workshop is a perfect complement to the three-day screen printing workshop also offered by Nathalie as part of the festival.

What to bring

  • Textiles to paint /print on ( "habotai" or "charmeuse" silk, Pima cotton, natural linen or other natural fabric white or undyed, pre-washed)
  • Wool (yarn or fleece)
  • Paint brushes of various sizes
  • Blocks for printing
  • Roll of 1" or 2" masking tape
  • Water containers (yogurt plastic)
  • 2 foam roll (2" to 3")

Material provided:

  • Natural dye extracts
  • Gum tragacanth (thickener)
  • Guar gum (thickener)
  • Alum
  • Tannin
  • Ferrous sulfate
  • Wood blocks for printing
  • Stamps and stencils for printing
  • Round foam pouncers (for stencilling)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Kitchen scale
  • Printing tools and a selection of stamps


Natalie Grambow
French and English
Saturday, August 17 09:30 to 16:30
Room 123 Complexe Whissell


Natalie Grambow

Natalie Grambow

Natalie Grambow was born and raised in Montreal. She has solid experience in design, photography, and specializes in textile art and visual art. She has been teaching in this field for many years. Her desire to learn and discover brought her to Asia and later to Latin America, where she learned different traditional weaving methods in Mayan villages. She has created her own collection of fabric dyed with natural dyes under the name “La Cochenille.” In addition, she organizes a series of creative workshops in textile design that are offered in various textile schools in British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec. Natalie currently lives in Roberts Creek, British Columbia, where she works in her studio to generate new creations and develop new workshops, courses and retreats.


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