Folding fabric ready for dyeing

Colouring Backgrounds and Threads – 21 March

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Spend a whole day dyeing and preparing fabrics and threads for your own stitch projects. An ideal follow on from our Introductory Textile Sketchbook Day

Using rust  as well as more conventional dyes you can create stunning backgrounds in your own colour palette.

You’ll take home a unique collection of fabric and threads including wool, linen, cotton, and silk ready for your own stitching

If your preferred dates are not available and you can round up a friend please send us an email and we will do our best to accommodate you on a bespoke course. For an additional charge we can offer a one-to-one session, subject to availability of dates. To buy a gift voucher for a course click here.


The Early Bird catches the worm, and if you arrive before the course starts at 10am you are welcome to join us for tea / coffee and home made biscuits, still warm from the oven. There is no additional charge for our ticket holders.

Sue demonstrates Fabric Dyes

Demonstration by Sue

Sue demonstrates some dyeing techniques

Practice your skills

Wrapping rust bundles

Mellow autumn soup recipe


Lunch is homemade soup and home made bread. Delicious and Nutritious!

Group dyeing fabric

Printing fabric

Printing some background fabric

Fabric and threads ready for stitching

Review Time

Looking at ways to use your fabrics

Images From The Course

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Hi, I'm Sue and I teach the Textile courses here at Shore Cottage Studio.

Between courses I have time to develop my own work, I love the unpredictability of natural dyes and rust marks and usually piece backgrounds together using my dyed calico experiments. The garden here at Shore Cottage provides me with plenty of plants to use in my Solar dye Jars.

All of my work is hand stitched and often involves sketching with a pencil or printing with found objects directly onto the cloth before I begin

I like to work from nature and used seed heads as inspiration for my Seed Box collection - a series of stitched pieces put together in a wonderful old metal box which opens out to display the work inside.

Almost forty years ago I moved into the derelict shell that was Shore Cottage and began the huge renovation that turned it into our family home.

When the youngest of my four children started school I took a part time Arts Foundation Course at West Cheshire Collage. I have always loved knitting and sewing so went on to do a BA Hons. Degree in Fashion and Textile Design at Liverpool John Moores University, graduating just before my fiftieth birthday.

When the opportunity arose to work from our own studio I completed a Teaching In The Life Long Learning Sector course at Wirral Met. College. I am really enjoying passing on my knowledge and skills, especially to those people who don't think that they are creative

Helping people to see the potential in a few simple materials, enjoying the company of others and sharing stories and ideas is what I like to do best.

I have met so many interesting people along the way and it really is never too late to learn.




"Sue is a great teacher and can adapt easily to the skill level of participants"



"Sue made me feel instantly at home, creating a relaxed and comfortable environment for learning"



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  • Who Is This Course For?
  • I love to stitch and would like to dye my own threads
  • I would like to learn how to add colour a range of fabrics
  • I want to find out about rust dyeing
  • Anyone who wants a relaxed setting and friendly teaching
  • Who Is This Course Not For?
  • I am happy to buy stock colours
  • I prefer to work on plain fabric
  • I put rusty nails in the bin
  • Anyone who wants a very formal classroom style and exams


This was a really wonderful course in a spectacular setting


I have been on many courses but my experience at Shore Cottage was just magical.


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