Grow, Cook, Dye, Wear - An Introduction to Natural Dye and Make a Summer Dress with Bella Gonshorovitz

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Maximum Class Size: 6

Bella Gonshorovitz is a fashion designer and author. Her debut book, Grow, Cook, Dye, Wear is a practical, fully illustrated guide to a more sustainable way of making and living. In the book Bella explores a circular economy journey of growing five crops, cooking vegan food with the harvest, using the waste to create natural fabric dye, and finally, guiding you in making your own Onion dress, Nettle duster, Rhubarb bolero, Blackberry shirt(dress) and Cabbage shorts with full-size patterns. 

In the Onion dress workshop we will focus on the dye and sew aspects. 

The first class will cover an introduction to natural dye (including fabric preparation, mordanting and different consideration of working with botanically dye cloth). There will be an in-class demonstration of onion skins dyeing for a domestic set-up, with easy to follow instructions for dyeing and cutting your fabric in preparation to the next class. 

In the following session will sew the onion dress from start to finish, including tackling binding, overlock finishing, it’s unorthodox patch pockets and external, stitch decorated hem facing. 

You will end up with the ultimate me-made summer dress, in a unique colour, created by you and nature. 

Class level and materials required: This class is suitable for confident sewers, who would like to explore options for dying their own fabric at home. Linen will be provided by Ray Stitch for your onion dress and a copy of Bella's gorgeous book (Grow, Cook, Dye, Wear) which features the Onion Dress pattern is included in the cost.

We have allowed at least 2 weeks in-between sessions to allow you time to experiment with dying your fabrics at home, to bring them along ready to sew in the second session. 

We have a limited number of spaces available to join Part 1 of this workshop as a standalone class. You will learn about natural dyeing and will receive a copy of Bella's book in the cost of this class. 

Booking a class at Ray Stitch entitles you to 10% off everything in-store for the duration of your class. 

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