Woad Workshop and Master Class with Denise Lambert


Join us for a very special workshop this Fall in Seattle!

Learn the ancient art of Woad dyeing from master dyer Denise Simeon Lambert, founder of Bleu de Lectoure in southwest France. Denise’s passion for traditional French Blue revitalized woad dyeing and cultivation in France and brought back the medieval techniques of the traditional woad vat, modernizing it for current day use. Denise will be joining us from Lectoure France and this promises to be a very special class.

For our workshop, we will be gathering at Magnuson Park and setting up our woad vats outside in the Garden Amphitheater.  There is plenty of room to spread out and really get into woad dipping and we will have clotheslines set up to hang your dyed goods.  Denise will start the class with a lecture on the history and technique of dipping woad and then for the remainder of the day we will all dye together.

New this year!  We will have a super-sized vat for large items such as duvet covers and throws, plus additional wool vats for yarns and fibers.

Denise Lambert

Denise and Botanical Colors will provide a number of small items for you to dye and  you are welcome to bring anything that is a natural fiber to dye such as old linens, cottons or silks, yarns, lace, white canvas high top tennis shoes, fat quarters that you would like to overdye, canvas shopping bags, tee shirts, fine cotton nighties, old cashmere sweaters –the list goes on.

This promises to be a very special day and you will be amazed as you see your cloth emerge from the vat, take a breath and change from yellow to to green and finally to a beautiful rich French blue right before your eyes.

Please join us on Saturday September 14  We will start at 10AM and adjourn at 4 PM.  Cost is $195.

We will send registration confirmation and workshop details to you.  Please read our cancellation policy here.

Woad dyed canvas shoes















Master Class with Denise Lambert – Friday September 13, 10-4

Mother vat 5 Mother vat 2 Sophie-mother-vat-185x300

Friday September 13 is the Master Class where Denise will instruct us in creating a woad mother vat that will be used the next day in our Woad Workshop.  Participants will learn the recipe for the woad vat and mix the solution under Denise’s tutelage learning the quirks and tricks of this finicky and beautiful color. After the mother vats are mixed and resting, Denise will teach us simple resist techniques for fabric design.   Class is limited to 20 participants.

Fees for the Master Class are $195.  Enjoy both classes for $350.

7 thoughts on “Woad Workshop and Master Class with Denise Lambert”

  1. So want to come to this workshop. Had Bleu de lectoure samples in my fabric store for a few years and still hold on to them like they’re gold ( blue gold). I hope a miracle happens especially because it’s Mothers day.

    • Hi Molly, I hope you can make it as it is going to be a lot of fun! Saturday still has space if you want to come up for Saturday and then return to the Bay Area for Mothers Day.

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