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WOAD: the European blue, dyeing with Denise Lambert

14 July - 17 July

Join the trainer DENISE LAMBERT dyer, historian of textile techniques and dyes, from july 14 to july 17, 2022
For a training entitled: WOAD, the European Blue.
Denise Simeon Lambert, Born in Chicago, USA.
Educated in France, having passed through the Sorbonne, in Paris, she specialized in tourism and worked in various countries in Europe as well the Bahamas. Married to Henri Lambert, she participated in the project of Redu (the village of second-hand books) in the Ardennes, Belgium. The art gallery “Le Bateau Ivre” they created became one of the most referenced and specialized gallery in contemporary art and sculpture in Belgium.
With two adopted children, in 1993, the couple left for France and created the “Bleu de Lectoure”. The idea was to re-discover an historical colour “Dyer’s Woad – Isatis tinctoria” and incorporate it in modern industry, creating a link between history and futur.
After the unexpected death of Henri her husband, she took over the company and besides the important workload, assures the research with the University of Toulouse on various applications of Woad, the development of new products as well as the numerous contacts from worldwide press.
Denise moved to a little village outside of Toulouse which was the historical region of the woad in the 14th and 15th century. She created a new company called “L’Atelier des Bleus Pastel d’Occitanie” and continues her passion for this extraordinary blue She also is a lecturer, gives
dye workshops, actively participates in historical and cultural events in the entire world, is a consultant for museums and the only recognized referent for woad.
During this training you will learn how to use woad dyes to work with wool, woven wool and fleece wool; you will also dye with silk and viscose fabrics, and understand the issues specific to vegetable dyeing.
July 14
• Morning : 9 am / 1 pm
Presentation of the Plant, Isatis Tinctoria, its history and its renewal.
Choice and selection of supports to dye in relation to your craft project (wool, silk and cellulosic fibers)
• Afternoon: 2.30pm / 6.30pm
Preparation of materials to be dyed: Washing and soaking of fabrics
Assembly of mother tanks for the next day’s dyes
July 15
Morning and afternoon :
• Dyeing day:
Step 1: Only white cellulose supports / fibers (viscose, modal, bamboo, lyocel)
Step 2: Drying dyed textiles
Step 3: Preparation of animal fibers (wool, silk) for the next day and soaking.
July 16
morning and afternoon
• Dyes of wool (cloth, gauze, cheesecloth, threads and skeins) and silk (pongee, organza, margilan silk).
• Preparation of the over-dyeing technique on fibers already dyed (with chemical or natural dyes) or on fabrics printed with patterns.
• Second preparation of mother tanks.
• And preparation of fabrics or other fibers selected with washing and soaking.
July 17
morning and afternoon
• Dyeing on already dyed materials.
• Washing and drying of substrates
• Briefing on previous working days: review of acquisitions, strengths, weaknesses; delivery of certificates, satisfaction questionnaire
This training is suitable for beginners: no prior knowledge of vegetable dyeing on textiles is required.


14 July
17 July
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Atelier du Bocage 31
lieu dit la couech
montbrun bocage, Occitanie 31310 France
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