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Natural Dyes & Earth Pigments for Basketry

Course Overview

Natural plant dyes and earth pigments (soil) can add infinite possibilities to highlight or accent your weaving by adding unexpected color to your projects. Instructor Karen Rognsvoog is an experienced natural dyer who is offering her knowledge to experiment with basket making materials. On the first day, we will use earth pigments and natural plant dye extracts (indigo and more) to paint and color your reeds, ash and other basket materials.  Earth pigments and plant extracts need to be mixed with soy milk to make “paint” and that paint is then directly applied to your weaving materials with brushes.  On the second day, we will be submerging our basket materials in buckets and vats of colors that have been prepared using plants for the color source. While we will provide some things to dye, please plan to bring lots of your favorite basket making materials to experiment with these processes.    

This course is part of Basket Week 2020! Plan to stay for additional day for the Basket Gathering on Friday, September 25 for demonstrations, talks and community gatherings all day. A full schedule will be available in early summer 2020. Participation in this conference day is included with your tuition. See the Basket Week event page for more details.


Wed, Sep 23rd, 2020  –  Thu, Sep 24th, 2020

This course has been cancelled to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. We offer our deepest apologies. We truly believe in the power of craft to build community, and we know that community is needed more than ever in times like these. However, the need to stay healthy and protect our friends and neighbors is the most critical priority.

If you were registered for this class, you should have received an email regarding your refund options. If not, please call us at 218-387-9762 or email us at

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We truly hope to see you in another class at North House soon!

Course Details

Length: 2 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $200.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Wed, Aug 12th, 2020
Includes materials fee of $50.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

Please bring whatever natural materials you would like to experiment with. Ash, bark, reed, raffia...your imagination is the limit!

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.