We love to combine different techniques to create the perfect personal and sustainable item. In this case we combined natural dyeing and sewing in one course. This course contains of 2 lessons on Sunday afternoon. The first lesson will be devoted to natural dyeing and experimenting. Decide to dye your fabric and/or ribbing (cuff fabric) with a experimental natural dye print. The second lesson is meant for the construction of your sweater. Learn all the steps to assemble the sweater.
The sweater design we use if from our own collection. For women we normally use the Lazy Daisy Sweater Pattern and for men the Border Sweater Pattern. But of course you can also mix and match. The fabric we use is a really cozy and soft mix of organic cotton and hemp. The ribbing (cuff fabric) is from organic cotton. The course is guided by the lovely textile artist Samm Lewis, who can tell you everything about natural dyeing and the plants you can use for it. She will prepare your cloth before the course and bring a variety of dyes to experiment with.
Samm has moved to Amsterdam from London. She used to work as a paralegal in fashion brands and charities, until she realised how unsustainable that lifestyle is. Through her intuitive, scientific, and experimental approach she has taught herself how to spin, knit, weave, dye, print, drawn then cut patterns and sew clothing. Samm’s focus is sustainability and sees a connection between food, medicine and fashion in the form of plants. She is developing colour pallets based on plants that meet at least fashion and one of the above two classifications. She is looking for communal garden spaces to share her colour palettes. Along side designing her genderless clothing brand, Maantha, she teaches spinning and knitting classes. She established the New Independent Spinners’ Society (NISS) to share the meditative art of spinning yarn with others to inspire a found form of independence within the NISS community.
*If, by any chance, you’re not able to finish the sweater in the lessons, you can come back for free in the Sewing Cafe to finish it on a day/time of your preference.