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Textile Workshop - Colour from your kitchen

This hands-on textile workshop offers a range of projects for students to work on, from tie-dye, printing and dip dyeing, to producing a finished craft, such as a bag, depending on the budgets and products chosen.

Working with recycled fabrics, yarns, threads and other materials in order to incorporate weaving, knitting, crochet and textile art. The students are able to get involved with a wide variety of tasks, being introduced to many different techniques, materials and equipment.

Structured in different stages, the workshop is full of encouragement for the young people who take part, concluding with a show and tell where achievements can be shared among the group.

An ideal workshop for young adults studying at the following levels: A Level, BTEC, Diploma, GNVQ, and sixth form.


What happens on this textile workshop?

  1. Encouragement to think outside the box- the students will be encouraged to think about colourful foods – what they are, what colour they are and whether they are from a plant, animal or something else.
  2. Seeking interesting dyestuffs- the group is taken on a whistle-stop tour of the globe, stopping off at key locations for interesting dyestuffs, such as snails from Mexico, beetles from Peru, bugs, herbs and spices from India, and minerals and rocks from Africa.
  3. Materials and equipment- introduction to the materials and equipment to be used during the workshop.
  4. Technique demonstration- techniques such as tie-dyeing, dip dyeing and printing are demonstrated to the group, sparking their ideas and inspiration.
  5. Choosing materials- the students are then able to choose the materials they would like to work with, before starting their designs.
  6. Considerations- the group will consider the cost of the items used, how they feel their work should be priced, who their target customer may be and where they could sell their finished products.


What areas does it cover on the national curriculum? What boxes can it help tick?

  • Provides an understanding of the science of dyeing.
  • Brings to life how dyeing contributed to modern-day chemistry, the role of dyes in history, dyeing traditions in different cultures, and the meaning of colour.
  • Encourages students to appreciate the subjects they are studying at school, in a fun and practical way, such as chemistry, maths and history.


What will young people get from this textile workshop?

  • Particularly useful for tactile and visual learners.
  • An insight into beautiful creations of otherwise discarded items.
  • An understanding of the recycling process, as well as fair trade materials.
  • A discussion of environmental issues, such as sustainability.
  • The opportunity to develop business ideas.


What size does this textile workshop come in?

  • To get the most out of this workshop a full day is recommended and there is plenty of scope for extra sessions to explore additional techniques and learning opportunities.
  • A shorter taster workshop can also be arranged running for around 1-2 hours.
  • The workshop could also be structured to run over several weeks with different techniques being tried each week.

How many young people can this textile workshop accommodate?

  • 10 students per textile workshop
  • Two shorter sessions could be run to allow two groups of students to take part.


Like the sound of this workshop?

Then you might also like to check out our other fashion workshops:

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Or our exciting dance workshops:

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Contact us about the textiles workshop

Our workshops can vary in cost, so please provide us with some more information eg, numbers, location and the workshop you are interested in and we will provide you with a personal quote.



We are very proud to say that we always aim to beat our competitor's costs whilst providing first class practitioners who will inspire and engage the young people they are delivering too! (Just take a look at our testimonials


Workshops & activities suitable for:
Young People , Brownies & Girl Guides, Community Groups, Curriculum Enrichment workshop, Further Education, Key Stage 2 - Workshops for Primary Schools, Key Stage 3 - Workshops for Secondary Schools, Key Stage 4 - Workshops for Secondary Schools, Libraries & Museums, Over 50's, SEN, Teacher Training, Youth Organisations

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Contact us about this workshop

This workshop is available across the north of England and much of the rest of the country. We can also create a workshop especially for you – taking your budget, timeframes and location into consideration.

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