TINCTORIA - Leentje van Hengel

workshop colourful nuances in natural dyes

May 1-3 or October 23-25 , 2019

Are you a weaver, spinner, quilter or any other textile-lover and looking for a more sustainable way of dyeing your own textiles, than this class will definitively speaks to you.

Under guidance of the well-experienced dye-master Leentje van Hengel you will learn how to dye wool,silk, cotton, linen and hemp fabrics and woolen yarn with different natural dyes and their possible shades. We will play with shibori and overdyeing.

You can combine this class with the workshop 'Natural print-paste' May 4-5, 2019. or October 26-27, 2019 You can print on a white background, but also on natural dyed and eco-printed fabrics.



In this 3day class we shall use a couple of different mordanted materials which we will dye with different colours. Extracts from madder (from soft orange to scarlet red on silk!), weld, genista, oak, cochineal, walnut, catechu and indigo to create many nuances in each colours. You will learn how to get your natural dyed material wash- and lightfastness.

Together we will make samples to be divided. But you will also be challenged to make your own experiments in making combinations and getting all kind of shades. You can also bring some of your own fabrics and eco-printed samples to make colourtests.

Who is Leentje van Hengel

Leentje van Hengel, owner of Tinctoria in the Netherlands since 1991 , is a passionated textiledesigner working with only natural dye-pigments. She is a wellknown master in natural dyeing. Her speciality is how to make the strong and lightfast colours on wool, silk and linen. 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 and for studio Belen.


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