Virtual Workshop Ages 13+

Fashion Upcycling at Home

Making & using natural dyes

Fashion Upcycle! Making & Using Natural Dyes at Home

1000 1000 Carolyn Croke
#ScienceWeek #Online Event 

Cupboards full of Colour! Join us for a workshop to discover how to make & use natural dyes at home.

In this workshop, burst out the beetroot and shed those onion skins! Natural dye-making using vegetables and upcycled cotton to create T-shirts or covered notebooks. This workshop is for ages 13+ and an accompanying adult must be in attendance throughout the workshop.

Part of a series of workshops from fashion designer Rebecca Marsden discovering sustainable fabrics, materials, and upcycling during Science Week 2020.

MATERIALS LIST: These are the materials you will need to follow along with this workshop.

  • Bowl
  • Stainless steel saucepan
  • Spoon
  • Knife and chopping board
  • Red cabbage, Onions & Beetroot
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • 100% cotton, silk, linen or wool fabric. Up-cycle where you can. You could use masks, t-shirts, scarves or even a bag.

While we are waiting for the dyes to infuse we will be making a handbound notebook. If you would like to follow along you will also need the following materials:

  • A4 paper- 10 sheets
  • A4 card-1 sheet
  • A5 cardboard- this can be cereal packet or thicker if available
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Hole punch
  • 50cm of twine or wool or embroidery thread  If these are not available at home you can use a stapler
  • Scissors
  • PVA glue

Where & When

Online Event

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Dates & Times

November 11th at 17:00 – 18:00



Suitable for:

Teens / Families

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About Rebecca Marsden

Rebecca Marsden is a graduate of the Royal College of Art specialising in Fashion knitwear. Following on from her MA she was selected for the Santoni Pioneer program in Shanghai to further develop her knowledge and understanding of circular and seamless knitting applications.  In recent years Rebecca has worked in an educational capacity, lecturing in Textiles, Fashion and Design.  Her own label has received the ‘IDI’ Award 2016 for Fashion Design, Nissan Brand Ambassador for ‘Generation NeXt’ 2015-2017 ‘Designer of the Year’ and overall ‘Innovation Award’ at the Irish Fashion Innovation.

Part of Science Week 2020

Science Week Ireland is a week-long event in Ireland each November, celebrating science in our everyday lives. Taking place in 2020 from November 8th to 15th the programme includes workshops, science shows, talks, laboratory demonstrations, science walks and other science-related events. To find out more visit

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