Sarah Lazarus - Eco-dyeing

Sarah Lazarus - Eco-dyeing

Have you ever wondered how you can transfer the shape and dye of a eucalypt leaf onto fabric?


In this 1 day workshop you will discover how to eco-dye eucalyptus and other Australian leaves onto cloth.

By soaking cloth in mordants such as Alum and Ferrous Sulphate, the cloth can be more easily penetrated by the dyes in the foliage. The cloth will also take on the leaves’ shape. Both the Steaming and Immersion method will be taught. You will make a sample using the wool-silk cloth that has been soaked in alum and cream of tartar -supplied. You will make second sample using silk-wool cloth that has been soaked in the ferrous oxide-supplied. If you would like to experiment with different fabrics and mordants, please bring these to the workshop. Everyone will be supplied with a woollen jersey scarf. 

sarah7After having a look at the results of your samples, you can choose which mordant you would like to use to dye your scarf, which leaves, and whether you want to immerse it in the dye-pot or steam it.

Before the workshop, you will be sent an instructional Powerpoint made by the Sarah showing the Eco-dyeing techniques we will use. The PowerPoint also has a Glossary of Suppliers of mordants, and fabrics, as well as further information on Eco-dyeing techniques.

If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Image credit: Sarah Lazarus

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Event Details

Date Wed 17th Jul 2024 9:30 am
End Date Wed 17th Jul 2024 4:30 pm
Price ATASDA Members $100 (when you log in) Non-members $125 Materials Fee $TBA
Location Epping Creative Centre - Pringle Room
Registrations are closed for this event

Workshop Information

Payment information
Materials fee
On the day
Special needs
Cancellation Policy 


  • Pay a deposit to secure your place in a workshop as they fill quickly
  • The deposit of $31 for a one day workshop and $62 for a two day workshop is non-refundable
  • Remainder of payment is due 4 weeks before the workshop
  • Non-members pay a higher price for workshops so join now to get the members’ rate
  • Non-members are not included in ballots if the demand is greater than available places
  • For Textile Tasters, full payment is required when you register.

Materials Fee

Material fee to be paid directly to the tutor at the workshop.

On the day

  • Bring your own lunch and mug, morning and afternoon tea is provided
  • Please arrive early so you are unpacked and ready to start at 9.30am
  • Tutors finish teaching at 4pm, so everyone can help with the cleanup. Participants leave at 4.30pm each day.


We may take photographs during the workshop for use in ATASDA promotional material. If you do not want to be photographed please advise the workshop helper at sign-in.

Before taking photographs for your own records, check with the workshop helper first, as some tutors do not allow photography.


It is your responsibility to provide any personal protective and/or safety equipment required for the workshop, e.g. safety glasses, facemask, gloves. See workshop requirements list for additional items.

Special needs

Please email NSW Workshops before you book if you have special needs e.g. wheelchair access.

Cancellation Policy

  • If a workshop is cancelled by ATASDA your workshop fee will be refunded
  • Can't attend? You may be able to gift your enrolment, please contact NSW Workshops
  • If you cancel up to 4 weeks prior to the workshop your payments, minus the deposit, will be refunded
  • If you have to cancel within four weeks of the workshop due to extenuating circumstances, a partial refund may be given, please contact NSW Workshops

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