Natural Dyeing for Beginners: All-Day Workshop

Sundays, 9am to 3pm | August 18, September 8, 22

Enter the world natural dyeing in this all-day beginner's workshop, a combination of our Basics and Mordants & Modifiers classes with more time to explore different dyes and techniques. We'll also have freshly-harvested plant materials on hand, as the bounty of late summer kicks in!

  • Learn the basics; we’ll cover: dye plants, water chemistry, fibers, and tools, with a dash of history

  • Meet mordants and modifiers, how different fibers need and react to M&Ms, and the different plant- and mineral-based options for both

  • Experiment with immersion dyeing using different dye colors and modifiers, fibers and techniques

  • Create and relax with in a low-key, convivial environment

We’ll focus on local, traditional dye plants that are easily cultivated in Vermont, or foraged sustainably from our urban or forested wild areas. Students will leave with a book of recipes and resources, dyed fiber samples, and two finished (silk & cotton) handkercheifs.

Class Fee: $120; $40 Kids (12 and under). Gardeners, check out our Learn As You Grow discount below.

Materials: Included.

Ages: All-ages; 12 and under must attent with parent or guardian.
Experience Level: Beginners to Intermediate. For gardeners, artists and citizen scientists!

Instructor: Karen Cornish

NOTE for wheelchair users: We are located in a 19th-century building with only stairs, and no elevator. We regret that our space is not accessible by wheelchair.


Learn-As-You-Grow Gardener’s Discount

We raise and sell traditional dye plants hardy to Zone 5 on our farm in Hinesburg, including Japanese Indigo (blue), Madder (red), Weld (yellow), and other varieties not typically found in local nurseries. We love growing and using our own colors and want to teach you to do the same, to Learn As You Grow!

Our plant seedlings will be available for sale in April on our website, for pick up mid-May in Hinesburg and other locations TBA. For every dollar spent on our seedlings (or other dyestuffs later in the summer), we’ll give you the same amount off a workshop held at our Montpelier studio. How it works:

- Sign up for any workshop and we’ll email a discount code that may be used online or in person (at our Hinesburg farm or the Capitol City Farmer's Market in Montpelier)
- Purchase plants (online or in person) and we’ll email a discount code that may be used towards any workshop.
- Plant quantities are limited. Discount based on pre-tax amount (“subtotal”)
- Offer good for workshops occurring through September 2019 at our Montpelier studio
- Workshop spots are limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis

Here’s a list of our 2019 traditional plant varieties. “Traditional” means that their light- and wash-fast properties are well-known and tested over time; there are many other botanical sources of color that we’ll cover in other workshops such as Making Botanical Inks and Food Dyes from Nature.