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Leaves, Roots, & Bugs: Natural Dyes

Course Overview

Spend two days learning new avenues into color possibilities from ancient traditions. This class will cover some of the long history of natural dyes, the color possibilities they offer, mordanting techniques, the dyeing process, and some color theory. We will use readily available dyes in extract form, like indigo, cochineal, osage, logwood, fustic, and madder. On the second day, we will extract dyes from common “weeds” like Queen Anne’s Lace and Goldenrod and use these to over-dye samples from the first day to extend the color possibilities! Students will take home dyeing instructions, many samples, information on each of the dyes used, and a list of sources for purchasing more.

Session Information

This course is part of Fiber Week! Plan to attend Fiber Friday, a new feature in 2020. On February 14, we’ll host a day of speakers, demonstrations, open studios and community gatherings free for all enrolled students. This popular model, borrowed from our Wood Week and Basket Week, allows students and instructors alike the opportunity to meet one another, expand their interests and enjoy our cozy campus learning atmosphere. Come early or stay late; you won’t want to miss Fiber Friday! Full schedule available in early 2020.


Tue, Feb 11th, 2020  –  Wed, Feb 12th, 2020

Course Details

Length: 2 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-4pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Tuition: $205.00
Materials fee: $35.00


You will need the following tools for this class:

  • apron
  • rubber gloves
  • 2 old towels, bath size
  • small baggies and marker
  • calculator
  • pen and paper
  • paper towels, 1 roll

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Stefania Isaacson
Stefania Isaacson
St. Charles, IL

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Leaves, Roots, & Bugs: Natural Dyes - 2/11/2020