make your own natural printing-pasta's

April 1-2, 2016

A 2 days class at atelier Fiberfusing, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Leentje van Hengel from Tinctoria (Netherlands) is a master in natural dyeing. She knows precisely what to do and how to make the strong colours. She can give you all the answers you have about natural dyeing and printing.


To make the print-paste we shall use 4 natural dye-powders as madder, cochenille, genista and galnut. They will be mixed with enviroment-friendly mordants and other assisting powders to get a light- and colourfast product. Also we will use an extra paste, which will intense or bleached the colour.

With brushes or other printmaterials we will transfer the pasta on the scourced woolen and silk fabrics. They need to be fixed and at the end rinsed and washed.

Day 1

introduction and showing samples / making the different paste / making the samples in a group / drying by fohn for a deeper colour / when there is time left start working on individual work.

Day 2

experiments with samplematerial / own work untill 14.30 hr. / All fabric has to be dried and wrapped for steamingproces.

note: all recipes are intellectual property of Leentje van Hengel

Who is Leentje van Hengel

Leentje van Hengel, owner of Tinctoria since 1991, is a passionated textiledesigner working with only natural dye-pigments. More than 20 years she investigates the dyed products on light-fastness and wash-fastness. Her knowledge brought her customorders for wellknown designers all over the world. For Claudy Jongstra she dyed the huge wallhanging in the OBA, she helps to developped the rubia extract for the company Rubia in the Netherlands. Recently are the products for Thomas Eyck, designed by Christien Meinderstma.


Atelier Fiberfusing is located in a beautiful countryside, but still close to Schiphol and Amsterdam. It is welknown by their experienced and qualified national and international instructors. All workshops will be taught in English and/or in Dutch. We will serve fresh coffee and homemade lunches, with healthy salades, warm dishes, farmers bread and several Dutch cheeses.

Registration Atelier Fiberfusing

Send an email for more information about prices, registration and conditions. Only room for 14 participants! Click on B&B for accomodation