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Natural Dyes in the Steam Box

Course Overview

Dyeing cloth using natural materials is a magical process: Add a bit of steam, hot water and assorted leaves, flowers, and old rusty nails, and wait an hour…the results are extraordinary. Who knew all the colors of nature were hidden in plain sight? 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.


Fri, Aug 23rd, 2019

Course Details

Length: 1 Day
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-4pm
Intergenerational age: na
Registration Cost: $125.00
Includes materials fee of $40.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • Please bring plant materials - the more the better, to add to the selection we will have available.  Flowers can be picked a few days beforehand and kept in a cool place - do not dry them.  Bring delphinium, begonias, geraniums, snapdragons, zinnias, berries... any plant that leaves a stain when rubbed against your skin has dye potential.  Wild grapes were our favorite new dye material last year - more of those, please!

Optional Tools

  • You will be provided with 3 silk scarves. Wear clothing/shoes suitable for working with dye and the wood-fired steam box.

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.

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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.