Eco printing workshop


Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
4848 Main St. (Map)

Join former HCCC resident artist Molly Koehn for a live Zoom workshop on the basics of eco-printing. Experiment with this natural dyeing technique in your home kitchen, while Molly, an experienced fiber artist, demonstrates the process and guides you through a step-by-step tutorial.

Eco-printing is a form of natural dyeing, in which the colors from plants, leaves, and flowers are transferred to fabric via steaming or boiling. Plant material bundled inside of cloth is steamed or boiled to release the dye found naturally within plants, creating a contact print in the shape of the leaf or flower used.

The workshop is held in two parts:  a morning session (11:30 am – 12:30 pm) and an afternoon session (2:00 – 4:00 pm), with a break in between for lunch and to let your fibers soak in a dye bath.

Select materials will be provided to you in a materials kit, but some materials, such as water and leaves, will need to be collected beforehand (see list of materials not included in kit below). HCCC will provide three pre-mordanted, unhemmed, raw-silk handkerchiefs, but participants can provide additional fabrics, such as a silk dress or shirt.  (We recommend Dharma Trading Co. for high-quality dyeable fabric.)

No experience necessary. A materials kit will be provided and will be available for pick-up at HCCC the week before the workshop or can be mailed for an additional cost. Pre-registration is required. Registration fee includes instructor, materials, and administration fees. The class is for adults only (age 18 and over) and requires a minimum of 12 participants to hold.

Register online here.

$35 for HCCC Members
$45 for Non-members

Kits can be picked up at HCCC on Thursday, October 22, between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. If you are unable to pick up your kit during that time frame, please email  Kits can be mailed to you for an additional cost of $15; however, due to increased shipping traffic during COVID-19, delivery times may be longer than normal. If you wish to have your kit mailed, make sure to register no later than October 15th.

Materials Included in Kit

  • 3 pre-mordanted, unhemmed, raw-silk handkerchiefs
  • Twine
  • Dowel rod

Materials Not Included in Kit

  • Dye pot
  • Leaves and flowers
  • Water
  • Stove top
  • Tongs
  • Other materials to dye can be found online
  • Mordant materials

Workshops are subject to cancellation or change due to low enrollment. Registrants will be notified seven (7) days in advance if the workshop is cancelled by HCCC. If registrants need to cancel their reservation, they must do so at least 14 days in advance to receive a full refund. No refunds will be made for cancellations made less than two weeks prior to workshop date. To cancel your registration, email HCCC at, so that someone on the waiting list can attend the workshop.