Hello 2021

My newsletters have been few and far between so I am sure this one will have you riveted.



It will soon a be year ago that COVID19 reared its ugly head and changed our world upside down. It has interrupted so many facets of our lives & tragically taken loved ones.

We are a resilient lot and we continue to rise up each morning and on most days we do give our best. We were told to stay home. Some of us made our kitchens our havens to escape. For me it was my studio, my mind more restless and anxious than ever. The uncertainty of this shaky future shook us, our families and our livelihoods.


It was at this time that as I gazed into much and into about 60 undyed woollen skeins. I realised I had to make. I had to share. I had to connect. It was getting lonely. This is how the beginnings of the To Dye For online workshop was born. I was greatly inspired by a Fijn Botanicals online purchase. The parcel arrived plastic free, newsprint paper, string and a handwritten card. Natural, without pomp and fair - just a dash of heavenly lavender & a lovely message accompanying the lovely products. This was the inspiration to plan and plot. The 'To Dye For' packages arrived in time for the first workshop on Saturday 4th July . The first Zoom minutes were nerve racking but that all fell away and 4 more workshops have been Zoomed since then. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and I thank each of you that took part. It was delightful seeing the many woolly images of colourful skeins.


Stellenbosch Studio workshops also came to a halt during lockdown period but after much consideration I held one in mid-November. All COVID-19 safety protocols were in place and a rather delightful group of participants enjoyed a very creative day on the farm.

The next 2 workshops are taking place this week. I have kept numbers down ensuring lots of space between everyone. The workshops filled up quickly and after much calendar gazing I am happy to share my future workshop dates, up to and including April, with you.


If wanting to book your spot in any of the workshops just tap on the 'book here' tab at the end of each workshop blurb and it will take you directly to the workshop you want. The website will email me your purchase and then I will send a safe payment link. If needing more information please email me ritatrafford1@gmail.com. Space is limited so book soonest as I don't want you disappointed. 'Workshops for Sale' can be viewed HERE


Friday & Saturday

19th and 20th FEBRUARY

Delighted to announce that Esme Kruger from The Hand Printing Textile Studio in Swellendam will be bringing her 2-day lino printing workshop from Swellendam to Stellenbosch Studio and it is not to be missed. She is a lovely calm genuine teacher allowing one freely to explore this medium and with no set expectations. See her creativity on Instagram. An apron, a tea towel and an extra piece of 70x70cm size fabric is what we will be printing. I find the process very meditative and a craft that can easily be done in one’s home and quite inexpensively. Everything is supplied for the 2 days. All full day workshops include morning and afternoon refreshments with nibbles and a lovely lunch accompanied with some delicious de Trafford wines.

venue: The Studio, de Trafford Wines, Stellenbosch

R2900 per participant

10 places available

BOOK HERE


Thursday 25th FEBRUARY

Botanical Printing on Silk workshop– Module 1

8.30 am to 4.30pm

The Intro in botanical printing (Module 1) continues to be popular. This is a great way to see what botanical printing is all about and to realise that absolutely no artistic experience is required to enjoy this very free form of art with nature - and you will have a silk scarf to wear and show off every day. All full day workshops include morning and afternoon refreshments with nibbles and a lovely lunch accompanied with some delicious de Trafford wines.

venue: The Studio, de Trafford Wines, Stellenbosch

R1650 per participant

10 places available

BOOK HERE


Saturday 27th FEBRUARY

NEW!

'Floral Feels' an ONLINE fun & interactive workshop

2 x 45 minute sessions between 10am and 2pm


‘Floral Feels’ is my new baby. Spend a few creative hours online with me. I am focusing on a bit of botanical printing together with a few dashes of dyes – natural of course. No arty farty experience is wanted or needed. The focus is on fun and relax. A colourful explosion on silk. Your kit will include a blank silk scarf, dried botanicals, preparation instructions, an interactive Zoom workshop and Postnet to Postnet shipping fee. Everything is provided for in the kit except the pot and water. A mix of botanical printing & natural dyeing. Bundle print your own silk scarf with colourful dried botanicals in the comfort of your own home and kitchen.

venue: ONLINE

R1350 per kit

15 kits available

BOOK HERE


MARCH 4th, 5th & 6th

Friday 3pm to Sunday to 3pm

I am hosting a 2-day workshop in botanical printing on silk, linen and paper again in Montagu. Kogman and Keisie is a special place for me. Although on the edge of town it has a lovely relaxed warm farm feel and vibe. Accommodation is charming. Liana and Petrus are great hosts with almost all the lovely meals and teas included. Please contact Liana info@kogmanandkeisie.co.za for costs. It is filling up quickly so grab your bestie to join the workshop or your other half – non workshop participants are welcome, there is lots to do in the area.

Contact Liana: info@kogmanandkeisie.co.za for bookings

Numbers are limited to 10

Book ASAP


Thursday 25th MARCH

A full day Botanical Printing on Silk workshopModule 1

8.30 to 4.30pm

The Intro in botanical printing (Module 1) continues to be popular. This is a great way to see what botanical printing is all about and to realise that absolutely no artistic experience is required to enjoy this very free form of art with nature - and you will have a silk scarf to wear and show off every day. All full day workshops include morning and afternoon refreshments with nibbles and a lovely lunch accompanied with some delicious de Trafford wines.

venue: Stellenbosch Studio

R1650 per participant

10 places available

BOOK HERE


Saturday 27th MARCH

To Dye For is an ONLINE workshop.

Dyeing Wool with Colours from Nature.

10am to 1pm (includes a 30min break)


Learn about naturally dyeing wool with local botanicals in your hood - nothing imported.

It includes everything except the water.

You will receive a kit including 8 x 10g skeins of mordanted 100% wool, notes & recipes, foraged botanicals, postage & a 3 hour Zoom class. We will talk about mordants, modifiers, great botanical dyes and poopy disappointing natural dyes to avoid. This workshop delivers clear concise information for long lasting successful results in your natural dye journey. A bit of easy pre preparation homework is required of you.

R950 per participant

15 kits available

BOOK HERE


Friday 16th APRIL

A full day Botanical Printing on SilkModule 1

8.30am to 4.30pm

The Intro in botanical printing (Module 1) continues to be popular. This is a great way to see what botanical printing is all about and to realise that absolutely no artistic experience is required to enjoy this very free form of art with nature - and you will have a silk scarf to wear and show off every day. All full day workshops include morning and afternoon refreshments with nibbles and a lovely lunch accompanied with some delicious de Trafford wines.

venue: Stellenbosch Studio

R1650 per participant

10 places available

BOOK HERE



Saturday 17th APRIL

9am to 4pm

A full day Botanical Printing on Linen & Paper - Module 2

To take part in Module 2 - the Botanical Printing on Linen & Paper workshop one must have taken part in Module 1 – the Intro into Botanical Printing on Silk.


If wanting to take part in both Module 1 and Module 2 (back to back workshops) being offered in April. A small discount applies: R3000 for both days. We will be printing on a generous size piece of linen enough to make one double sided cushion cover or a table runner. We will also be botanically printing paper. All full day workshops include morning and afternoon refreshments with nibbles and a lovely lunch accompanied with some delicious de Trafford wines.

venue: Stellenbosch Studio

R1500 per participant

10 places available

BOOK HERE



2-Day Botanical Printing Workshops

COMBO DEAL

Modules 1 and 2

Friday 16th and Saturday 17th April

08H30 to 16H30

The Intro in botanical printing (Module 1) continues to be popular. This is a great way to see what botanical printing is all about and to realise that absolutely no artistic experience is required to enjoy this very free form of art with nature - and you will have a silk scarf to wear and show off every day.

If wanting to take part in both Module 1 and Module 2 (back to back workshops) being offered in April. A small discount applies: R3000 for both days. On day 2 we will be printing on a generous size piece of linen enough to make one double sided cushion cover or a table runner. We will also be botanically printing paper. All full day workshops include morning and afternoon refreshments with nibbles and a lovely lunch accompanied with some delicious de Trafford wines.

venue: The Studio, de Trafford Wines

R3000 per participants

BOOK HERE


Saturday 24th APRIL

NEW!

'Floral Feels' an ONLINE fun & interactive workshop

2 x 45 minute sessions between 10am and 2pm


‘Floral Feels’ is my new baby. Spend a few creative hours online with me. I am focusing on a bit of botanical printing together with a few dashes of dyes – natural of course. No arty farty experience is wanted or needed. The focus is on fun and relax. A colourful explosion on silk. Your kit will include a blank silk scarf, dried botanicals, preparation instructions, an interactive Zoom workshop and Postnet to Postnet shipping fee. Everything is provided for in the kit except the pot and water. A mix of botanical printing & natural dyeing. Bundle print your own silk scarf with colourful dried botanicals in the comfort of your own home and kitchen.

venue: ONLINE

R1350 per kit

15 kits available

BOOK HERE



Cancellation policy

In studio workshops are refundable 14 days prior to workshop minus a 5% cancellation fee, thereafter a voucher will be issued that can be used within 12 months. No vouchers or refunds will be given if cancelling 48 hours or less prior to workshop.

Online workshops are refundable minus a 5% cancellation fee if cancelled before kits have been posted. Kits are usually posted 10 days prior to workshop date. Refunds are not given once kits have been posted off.


I do hope to see you here soon in my Stellenbosch studio or via Zoom Zoem will do nicely as well.

Warmest wishes, Rita







Featured Posts
Recent Posts
Archive
Search By Tags
No tags yet.
Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Twitter Basic Square
  • Google+ Basic Square