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the alchemist's apron

transforming a discarded shirt into a richly embellished protective garment :: redolent of far fields, sunny afternoons and wild forests

Join me in the making of an alchemist's apron embellished by a rich vocabulary of marks harvested from the landscape, together with trinkets and talismans from your personal collection and small found objects gathered along the way.

The apron will abound with pockets for pencils, poems and pebbles, be blessed by the addition of stitched embellishments and appliqued dyed scraps. We will make it by cutting into a pre-loved shirt and transforming it by turning it around on the body. It’s a marvelous zero waste means of making a versatile garment that is much more than simply something to keep splashes from the clothing worn underneath.

We will dye threads and cloth, make simple but effective mordants, discuss the botanical alchemy of bundle dyeing and explore some preservation dyeing. We will even fold a special notebook to go in one of the pockets.

I'll share my favourite stitches and be your guide through the virtual forest, helping you choose leaves and showing you how to best use them for printing.

This is an expanded version of the amuletic apron workshop I have taught around the whirled and while we may not be sitting at the same table, we shall have all the time we need.

And when your apron is complete, I hope that the ritual of putting it on will become a part of your daily practice as you step into your studio to begin your creative work.


Your Instructor


India Flint
India Flint

artist, writer and wanderer


Class Curriculum


  cutting the alchemist's apron
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  mordanting and dyeing the apron
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  dyeing threads
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  pockets
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  adding layers
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  embellishments
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  from flat to form
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  lagniappe...a little more
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Are refunds available if I am not happy with the course?
I regret that, just as when you attend a workshop in person, once you begin this course there are no refunds available.

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