The Natural Studio: Sustainable Methods for Dying Textiles

July 17 - July 21


The Natural Studio: Sustainable Methods for Dying Textiles

The Natural Studio: Sustainable Methods for Dying Textiles

This is a 5-day workshop.  Classes run 9-4pm with lunch included.

Join textile artist Caroline Forde to expand your understanding of natural dyes. In this five-day intensive workshop the class will gain an in-depth understanding of mordants and tannins and work with some of the most famous colourants in the world: from madder reds to cochineal insect dyes to the intense browns, yellows, and golds obtained from petals, barks, leaves and roots.

Students will learn how to prepare a natural indigo vat, gaining a greater understanding of its unique chemistry. They will also learn the principles of caring for a henna vat while exploring shibori, a Japanese method for resist dyeing, alongside other resist techniques. Participants will prepare fabrics and dye multiple samples along with a series of colour tests showing shade variations.

The class will also explore eco-printing, a form of natural dying where colours and shapes from leaves and other natural plant materials are transferred onto fabric and paper. Students will have the opportunity to forage plant material around the school grounds to create their samples.

The outcome of this workshop is accomplished dyeing at a professional level. The workshop will move through the creation of more than forty colour samples on a variety of fibers using both cloth and yarns. Students will walk away with an assortment of fabric samples that they can turn into personal reference books.  The creation of technical samples, step by step instructions and recipes will be provided, allowing students to continue their natural dying explorations at home.

Material fee includes supplies that will be provided by instructor.  See student supply list for further details.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $130
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels
  • Course Prerequisites: None required

Price: $960

This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars


Caroline Forde is a Canadian Textile Artist living and working in Toronto, Ontario. She studied Textile Design and Fine Art at Sheridan College (2015) and at the Alberta University of the Arts (2017). Her love for vintage fabrics and natural colours inspires her surface design process. In the studio, she creates hand-printed and dyed fabrics using a variety of traditional techniques. Through research and material exploration, Caroline aims to incorporate sustainability and craftsmanship into sensible, sought-after objects.

Click here to read more about CAROLINE FORDE


If you need to make a cancellation, please complete MISSA's on-line cancellation form. Phone or email correspondence will not be accepted.

Click HERE for the form.

BEFORE May 1: For each course withdrawal, a refund for tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee.

May 2 – June 29: For each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2024 will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee. Any applicable supply fee will be fully refunded.

AFTER June 30: Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for credits or refunds.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2023 program is completely canceled (due to COVID restrictions for for any other force majeure), a full refund will be given (tuition, material fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

On-campus accommodations may be cancelled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee, via Paypal within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation request form.

Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA's online cancellation form and will be processed through PayPal.

No refunds will be processed during the MISSA Summer Program.


This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.

Course Registration will open for Friends of MISSA on February 7th at 12:00pm (PST), and Registration will open for all on February 14th at 12:00pm (PST)