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Natural Plant Dyes

Course Overview

Enjoy the “thrill of discovery” in the many colors which can be achieved, and the variation of color that can be found in nature's palette, by learning the complete subtleties of dyeing with natural materials. Dyeing with natural plants is more than a craft, it's a fascinating and inexpensive hobby. Students will learn how to gather their own plant materials and learn how to prepare dye baths to extract the color. We will cover the process of using different mordants - the mordant sets the color to prevent fading and determines the color of the final product.  We will dye wool, silk, and cotton fibers too.  Along the way, you will learn how to grow dye plants, and get tips on pruning, harvesting and storing plant materials to get the color you want.  Students will leave the class with recipes, handbooks, many samples of dyed wool yarn, silk samples, fleece samples, and cotton squares.


Fri, Jul 26th, 2019  –  Sun, Jul 28th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Registration Cost: $310.00
Includes materials fee of $55.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • old clothes
  • apron
  • heavy rubber glove
  • 2 old towels
  • small baggies
  • marker
  • calculator
  • pen and paper


Optional Tools

Feel free to bring any 100% wool yarn to dye for samples of color.

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.