Leaves, Roots, & Bugs: Natural Dyes
Spend two days learning new avenues into color possibilities from ancient traditions. This class will cover some of the long history of natural dyes, the color possibilities they offer, mordanting techniques, the dyeing process, and some color theory. We will use readily available dyes in extract form, like indigo, cochineal, osage, logwood, fustic, and madder. On the second day, we will extract dyes from common “weeds” like Queen Anne’s Lace and Goldenrod and use these to over-dye samples from the first day to extend the color possibilities! Students will take home dyeing instructions, many samples, information on each of the dyes used, and a list of sources for purchasing more.