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Renegade Screen Printing with Natural Dyes

Screen printing
Screen printing
Screen printing

Course Overview

Learn to screen print your own unique designs and to dye fabrics using natural dyes! Forget depending on textile companies or synthetic dyes—you’ll be free to find rebellious color in your local environment, in your kitchen, and from natural sources around the world. You won’t need a lot of special equipment—we’ll work with tools and processes you can use almost anywhere to make infinitely varied designs. We’ll bust myths, explore the science behind natural dyes and mordants, and fuse ancient traditions with new ideas. You’ll learn to make a whole range of long-lasting red, yellow, and brown tones, both printed and in a dye bath for background colors.

We’ll work through all the steps in this process together: preparing fabrics, making dye pastes, assembling small screens for printing, designing and cutting stencils, and printing. Working with natural dyes is a great way to reclaim a sense of place and individuality in our clothing and textiles, as well as a more sustainable craft practice. You’ll leave this course with all the skills needed to prepare, dye, and screen print on any natural fiber fabric, using any natural dyes you can create.


Fri, Mar 27th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 29th, 2020

This course has been cancelled to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. We offer our deepest apologies. We truly believe in the power of craft to build community, and we know that community is needed more than ever in times like these. However, the need to stay healthy and protect our friends and neighbors is the most critical priority.

If you were registered for this class, you should have received an email regarding your refund options. If not, please call us at 218-387-9762 or email us at

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We truly hope to see you in another class at North House soon!

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 15+
Registration Cost: $320.00
Includes materials fee of $65.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • Comfortable clothes and shoes which you don't mind getting dye on, and/or an apron
  • Rubber gloves
  • An old plain terry cloth bath towel (bring two if you have room when packing)
  • An old sheet or a few yards of expendable smooth fabric (for a printing/steaming surface)
  • A few light-colored, small- to medium-sized fabric items to dye and print on as time permits, such as: scarves or bandanas, pillowcases, dishtowels, T-shirts, or smaller cuts of fabric for later projects. These can be made of either cellulose fiber (cotton/linen/hemp etc.) or protein fiber (silk/wool/alpaca etc.), but must be all natural fiber, and should not include any synthetic fiber content. New and used/thrifted items both work well. Things you feel free to play and experiment with are the best. All other required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

Optional Tools

Between now and class time, look around for designs and patterns that you see and like, whether they are printed patterns or images from nature and everyday life. Keep a physical or digital record of these, and bring it with you for design inspiration. If you aren't comfortable drawing, bring a few images printed full size, to trace. (If you don't get designs prepared, don't worry, the landscape around the North House campus is also a great source of ideas.)

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.