Botanical Printing on Cellulose and Protein Fibers

August 9 – August 13, 2023
9 am to 5 pm


Over this 5-day workshop, students will dive into the world of botanical printing. We will explore the diverse ways to capture the fingerprinting of nature on fabric using flowers, leaves, tannins, and dye carrier blankets. This course will start at a beginner level and move through both intermediate and advanced botanical printing techniques.

On the first day, we will explore eco-printing on cellulose fibers using flowers. At the end of day one, students will create a playful and bright cotton scarf. Day 2 will begin with preparing protein fibers and harvesting leaves on the farm grounds. Then we will create samples on silk using leaves and experiment with tannins.

Day 3 we will inject color into the workshop by learning how to successfully use carrier blankets for both tannin and resist eco-printing. Day 4 students will create their own kaleidoscope printed silk implementing the techniques they learned over the first 3 days. On the final day, everyone will repurpose an item of clothing they have brought with them as they navigate how to print on a garment.

Skills and Techniques:
• Preparing Cellulose Fibers
• Preparing Protein Fibers
• Eco-printing with Flowers
• Planning a dye garden for eco-printing
• Botanical Printing with Leaves + Tannins
• Using Carrier Blankets
• Students will leave with supplies/samples: copper piping, cotton samples, silk samples
• Students will create their own Cotton Shawls, Silk Neck Scarf, Silk Shawl, Repurposed item

Materials Fee: $168.00 Paid directly to the instructor at time of workshop

Special Tools or Equipment:

On the final day, you will be transforming an item of your choice from your own closet. Please make sure it is 100% a natural fiber. Keep in mind that knit wools and other bulky items may not be suitable for this technique. Contact us if you have any questions about this.

Instructors COVID preference: Your instructor reserves the right to require safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop.

Workshop Policies

Please be sure to read our policies before you register for a workshop.

Age Requirements

The minimum age to attend a regularly scheduled workshop is 16 years. We have set this age to ensure a safe, productive, and community-building experience for all of our students. There are no exceptions.

Accessibility & Accommodations

If you have questions about accessibility or would like to request reasonable accommodations, please contact our main office at 603-435-7314.

Student Cancellations

Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund. Registration and material costs will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee. A full refund will be made for any amount paid for overnight housing.

Sanborn Mills Farm Cancellations

Each workshop must have a minimum number of students to be held. If Sanborn Mills Farm finds it necessary to cancel a workshop, we will notify students two weeks prior to the scheduled workshop start date. A full refund will be provided to registered students. Refunds for a workshop purchased as a gift will be made to the purchaser only. Sanborn Mills Farm cannot be held responsible for any refunds for travel expenses or for off-site housing expenses incurred as the result of a cancellation of any kind.

Housing & Meals

Please refer to our housing page for more information.


Each workshop has its own safety procedures. Your instructor will review the specific safety requirements at the start of your workshop and throughout your class. Sanborn Mills Farm is a rural setting. If you are allergic to insect bites, please alert your instructor of your allergy and bring an epipen with you. For draft animal workshops or courses requiring time in the woods, be sure to review tick safety procedures from Tick Free NH. We advise students to wear comfortable clothing, comfortable and secure shoes, and consider your personal needs for a day or extended stay.