London Craft Week - Natural Dyeing Demonstration

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As part of London Craft Week 2018

The London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers demonstrate natural dyeing with plants that would have featured in a typical medieval monastic herb garden. Find out how reds, yellows, blues and greens can be obtained from madder, weld and woad. 

9 May

11.00pm – 7.00pm

10 May

10.00am – 4.00pm

Southwark Cathedral stands on the site of the Augustinian Priory of St Mary Overie. In 2015 a monastic herb garden was re-created on the site of the Bishop’s Chapel at the east-end of the Churchyard.

The London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers was founded in 1950 to promote awareness of and education in handspinning, handweaving, dyeing, design and creative crafts in general. Many of our members not only use natural dyes but grow their own dyeplants. This event will showcase how to extract and use dye from fresh and dried plant materials.

A highlight will be using dyer’s madder from the Cathedral herb garden and fresh woad grown by London Guild members.

Over the course of two days a palette of colour will emerge from dyepots set up in the Cathedral Courtyard.

You can find out more about the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers here

For further information about London Craft Week please visit the website here