Fabric Dyeing by the Sea: A Cape Breton Experience

Please note:  In 2018 I'll be taking a break from giving these workshops to concentrate on my artwork.

Woman-with-scarves-in-the-breeze.jpgAt the end of Mabou Harbour Road you’ll reach my hillside studio overlooking the Gulf of the St. Lawrence and the rolling dunes of West Mabou beach. Lobster boats head out to sea, watched over by our resident bald eagle pair from their lookout on the bluff.

In this stimulating setting of ocean and sky, you’re invited to discover or nurture your creativity by learning how to dye fabric. You don’t need to be “artistic” or experienced in any way, just willing to play, experiment and try something new. 

If you have three hours to spend, you can come by yourself or with a group of up to four in studio at end of day.JPGpeople. (Full-day and special experiences can also be arranged.) We’ll work in my well-equipped studio and dry our creations outdoors in the sea breezes.

There's something magical about pouring dye onto white fabrics and seeing them transformed into rainbow hues. Each person in a group can choose one or two simple projects, whether it's dyeing several quarter-yards of cotton fabric, painting a silk scarf, and/or dyeing a T-shirt. If you come alone, there will be time to do at least two projects.

 Using safe chemical dyes, you'll learn to mix your own colours, perhaps inspired by the blue of the ocean, the soft greens of the meadow grasses, or the colours of the sunset the night before. You'll create patterns by scrunching, folding, or clamping the fabrics. Then you'll paint, pour, or squirt on the dye.


 While we're waiting for the dyes to cure, I'll give you a tour of my studio and answer any questions you have about dyeing, quilting, other things to do in Cape Breton, and other artists to visit. 

You'll take home the fabric, scarf, and/or T-shirts you've dyed along with memories of the beautiful landscape and the fun of being creative.






About the instructor:  I’ve been dyeing cotton fabric for my fine art quilts for a dozen years, using fibre reactive dyes and experimenting with many techniques. Five years ago I learned how to dye silk scarves, and I love the way the lightweight silk takes the dyes. I enjoy sharing my passion for colour and have taught more than 150 people how to dye fabric.  See Testimonials and Diary of a Dyer for a Day.

Schedule: Available some Mondays through Saturdays with advance notice. 

To register: Send an email to ann@annschroederstudio.com or call me at least 24 hours ahead to schedule a 3-hour morning or afternoon fabric dyeing session. Children 8 and older are welcome. Men are also welcome! Please wear comfortable shoes and play clothes (not your best white linen pants). Smocks will be provided. Here are directions to my studioMabou has excellent inns, bed & breakfasts, and restaurants.

Fee (includes all materials): 1 person $200; 2 people $175 per person; 3 people $150 per person; 4 people $125 per person. A full refund minus a $25 booking fee per group will be given if cancelled at least 24 hours in advance.