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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, old rusty nails, and a little time…the results are extraordinary. In this course, students will learn a bit about the history, chemistry, and new innovations in natural dyeing processes, and use a variety of materials that 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. A 25% tuition discount applies to the youth registrant when registering with a full paying adult; call to register.  Ages 14+ may attend on their own. 

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.


Sat, Aug 24th, 2024

Course Details

Hours: 9am-4:30pm
Tuition: $115.00
Materials fee: $50.00
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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