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Natural Dyes in the Steam Box

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Course Overview

Dyeing cloth using natural materials is a magical process: Add a bit of steam and assorted leaves, flowers, and old rusty nails, and a little time…the results are extraordinary. In this course, you’ll learn a bit about the history, chemistry and new innovations in natural dyeing processes and use a variety of materials that will vary seasonally. You never quite know what you'll pull out of the steam box, and working with other students allows for a wide variety of experiments and collaborations to occur. The materials fee includes three silk scarves students will complete during the course. Participants will also have the opportunity to create cotton fabric samples from dyeing with rusted metals. This course is open to students ages 10+ if accompanied by an adult, 14+ without.

Optional Tools

  • Aprons
  • Participants are welcome to bring identifiable flowers, leaves & berries from home to experiment with. Best to test beforehand for color by putting a small sample in water and soaking in the sun or microwaving very briefly. Can also rub plant material between fingers for sign of color. Many colorful plants do not release color.
     

Dates

Sat, Aug 13th, 2022

Course Details

Hours: 9am-4pm
Tuition: $110.00
Materials fee: $40.00

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Cheryl Larsen
Cheryl Larsen
Grand Marais, MN

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Natural Dyes in the Steam Box