dye or print yourself a rainbow of natural colours

April 1-2 / 3-4, 2016

at atelier Fiberfusing, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Leentje van Hengel, textile artist and designer from Tinctoria in the Netherlands, is a master in natural dyeing. She knows precisely what to do and how to make the strong colours.


In this two 2-day masterclasses on natural printpasta and natural dyes we are going to work with several natural colours on wool and silk fabrics.

In the natural print-paste class 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. https://www.smore.com/ahh4y

In the natural rainbow colour class we shall use alum-mordanting both hot and cold and dyeing colours with high light- en wash fastness, reproducible. Extracts from madder, weld, genista, oak, cochineal and indigo. And mixtures of these. For a rainbow of colours. We will work in groups to make samples and you will experiment by yourself. https://www.smore.com/hz242

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