Tie Dying and Printmaking : Make your own Scarf

75 TUTOR: Berkshire Printmakers

This course is ideal for people who like to play. By the end of the week, you will have dyed and printed your own organic cotton scarf and take-home selection of unique fabric samples for your own textile projects. We start the week learning about tie dying We will investigate pleating, twisting, and wrapping fabric to produce both random and regular patterns. We will then delve into silk screen printing. Using both plain and your tie-dyed fabric as a base we will try out a range of printing methods.Additionally, we will explore using opaque, translucent, and metallic inks to create different surface finishes you can use on your scarf.

3 AM
AM course

Course Notes

At Berkshire Printmakers we believe in "Creating through Making” - so be prepared for a fabulous "hand on” course.

We kick off the week with a fun activity of tie dying your own tote bag ready for taking all your fabric samples home at the end of the week.

We will carry on exploring tie dye techniques on natural fibre fabric samples. Experimenting with folding, pleating, and using different binding techniques. You will explore surface texture patterns creating everything from the recognisable tie dye starbursts to intricate pleating to create regular patterns. We will finish off by applying these techniques to dye your own organic cotton scarf.

Your dye samples alongside plain fabric will be used to further explore surface patternmaking, this time using the heritage craft of silk screen printing.We will bring our large library of plain and patterned photo screens with us to Marlborough College. Giving you the opportunity to get to grips with a squeegee and create a variety of marks and patterns on the fabrics. We will show you how to make your own paper stencils and create translucent water-based inks perfect for layering marks for optical colour mixing. We will finish the week by printing your dyed organic scarf ready to wear at the Gala evening.

At the end of the week, as well as your scarf you will have a selection of your own unique fabric samples to use as part of your own sewing projects.

Berkshire Printmakers are husband and wife, they teach silkscreen printing in schools, colleges, art centres and even in festivals. They have over ten years' experience of teaching anyone from 5 years upwards to 90 years how to use a squeegee!

Resources needed:

Apron, Rubber gloves, portfolio, enclosed shoes.

If you wish to bring additional natural fibre fabrics samples to use








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