Natural Dyeing for Beginners: All-Day Workshop

Please note: The Sept. 8th 6-hr session has been cancelled. Sign up for the September 22nd 3-hr session, here. Please also check back for more workshops offerings for Fall/Winter 2019/20, to be scheduled soon!

(1) 6-hour session | 10am to 4pm

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 plant materials (fresh, dried and extracts) and preparing your dye pots
    - Fiber types, pre-treatments and post-care
    - Mordant and modifer basics
    - Water chemistry, essential tools and best practices

  • Experiment with immersion dyeing using different dye colors across a range of mordants and modifiers, fibers and techniques.

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

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 resource list, a swatchbook of dyed fiber samples, two cotton handkerchiefs, and two silk scarves.

Indigo: We’ll only touch on this special plant, as it requires a different extraction and dyeing method, but students will leave with a basic understanding of what’s involved!

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Class Fee: $120; $40 Kids (13 and under).
Materials: Included. Students may bring their own small samples of clean, dyed or undyed fibers to experiment with.

Ages: All-ages; 13 and under must attend with parent or guardian. Older students 14-18, please contact us for more information.
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.