Monday, July 13, 2015

Just spent the weekend with Marta Mouka and friends as we created beautiful ECO printed fabrics at her River House Studio near Tweed...

Marta Mouka and her six happy students at the end of two great days!

Eco-Print Workshop

Printing with plants & natural dyes

August 15–16, 2015 

Sharon Kennedy of Prince Edward County with one of her prints
Explore the fascinating process of creating botanical monoprints –  dying and printing fabrics with native plants.

Each two-day workshop will cover:

• how to choose and prepare plants for dyeing
• diversity of dye-colours produced by plants
• understanding of dye-fixing and modifying substances (mordants) for silk,   cotton and wool
• different techniques of folding and tying fabrics
• methods of cooking bundles and constructing cold bundles for solar dying.

Workshops are held in a rustic barn located on 23 acres of meadows and deciduous trees, minutes from Tweed and 35 km north of Belleville, Ontario.

The setting is very tranquil, with plenty of botanical materials from the property and dyer’s garden.

At the end of the workshop, participants will leave with one-of-a-kind, eco-printed fabrics to use in textile art or sewing projects.

Workshops require a minimum of four students; registration closes at six students, so there will be plenty of personal attention!

No experience is necessary — just come and play!


Register by e-mail and secure your spot by forwarding the full workshop fee by cheque or e-transfer. Please, no post-dated cheques.

Cost: Two-day workshop: $180.00
Materials fee (fabrics not included): $20.00

Cancellation Policy
If the workshop is cancelled (insufficient attendance) you will receive a full refund.
If you must cancel for personal reasons, refunds less a $10.00 administration fee or a credit towards another workshop are given only if you contact me by phone or by e-mail 7 days before the date of the workshop.

Workshop Hours

Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: River House Studio
843 Stoco Road RR4

(an easy ride, just before Tweed, off Hwy 401 onto Hwy 37 at Belleville)
Tweed, Ontario K0K 3J0


Located approximately 21/2 hours from Toronto and
Ottawa, 45 minutes north of Belleville.
From Hwy. 401, take exit 544. Take Hwy. 37 north towards Tweed for 35 km. Just before Tweed (at a blinking yellow light), turn right onto Marlbank Road. Drive about 3 km. After crossing a bridge, turn left onto Stoco Road. Keep left and drive about 3 km more. 843 Stoco Road is on your left — look for a large grey barn.

Fabric recommendations 

NOTE: All fabrics should be PFD (prepared for dyeing) or pre-washed
— 4 to 6 yards of heavy woven 100% silk such as silk Dupion or silk Habotai 16 mm
— 1 to 2 yards light 100% silk Habotai 5 mm or chiffon or gauze
— 4 to 6 yards of 100% cotton or linen
— woven 100% wool fabric sheer to heavy

Students can bring used clothes, old bed sheets (100% cotton) etc. in addition or instead

Marta has silk fabric available for purchase in her studioSupplies list with paid registration...

For all the other details and registration, contact Marta at

I attended and so enjoyed the entire weekend!