FROM WEEDS TO RAGS – A gratitude workshop on how to recycle your cloth eco-printing it with your garden weeds

In April every year since 2013 we see the week of the Fashion Revolution. This is when in at least 100 countries in the world many get together to make sure we create a better Fashion industry. It centres around the anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1,138 people and injured many more on 24 April 2013.

Every year I run some events to generate interest about the event and about the importance of being grateful about any piece of woven cloth we have around us and the importance of making by hands.

This April on the 27th at 10am UK time I will run an Ecco-printing workshop on fabric live for 100 participants from around the world. We will be using recycled cellulose material and local leaves harvested around our area. There will be a small carbon foot print on around the event and I hope we will all have better awareness about the importance of recycling.

The event will take place on zoom and if you have received a space you will receive a link for it on Sunday prior to the workshop. As many of you are from different time zones I will be recording the event and it will be available on replay video for 24 hours. You will receive a link to the replay just after the live event.

I hope you will be posting your results on the FB page I have set up for it https://www.facebook.com/From-Weeds-to-Rags-102723641947728 and when posting on your own pages you will tag my social media. (Ig page @bettysbeautifullife) (FB Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw)

If you are taking part you should organise the supplies listed here:

  • Dye pot (can be an old sauce pan if you are newbee) or a sauce pan if possible of non reactive material (stainless steel) big enough to contain a small wooden dowel.
  • Some Water
  • A Heat source (like a gaz stove, a heat plate)
  • Some dry onion skin
  • A small wooden dowel
  • Some String or some rubber bands
  • A long piece of recycled cotton or linen of the same width than the wooden dowel but about 50 cms long (I will be using linen myself) it should be very well washed with a ph neutral soap and a little soda ash. If you dont have this you could just dip your washed cotton in ash water.
  • Some garden leaves (can be weeds like herb roberts, geranium…)
  • A bowl of iron water (3 grs of ferrous sulphate powder in 2 litres of water) or home made iron water.

Health and Safety:

  • Please try and work outdoor if you can or make sure your space is well ventilated
  • Make sure to protect your space for rust marks from the rust water or from stains from the Onion skin dye
  • Watch the safety of the Iron water to avoid stains of rust.
  • Protect your table and wear gloves when dipping your hands into iron water.
  • Contain your work to the table space you have secured to avoid staining.

Please share your process with friends and family… this should be a happy moment for all

I hope to see you on the 27th April.

Happy Fashion revolution.

Betty xx