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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 (the class ventures into the field to gather dye 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, 8 oz. of wool yarn and two silk scarves dyed "shibori" style with colors from nature.


Fri, Jul 27th, 2018  –  Sun, Jul 29th, 2018

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age:
Registration Cost: $280.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Fri, Jun 15th, 2018
Includes materials fee of $55.00


You will need the following tools for this class:

old clothes

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.

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* Early-Bird rate in effect until Fri, Jun 15th, 2018
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