Natural Dyes for Beginners
Come spend the day exploring the world of natural dyes, both wild and cultivated locally. In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to dye with a variety of leaves, petals, hulls, fungi and roots, giving you an introduction to some of the many sources of natural dye pigment. You will also learn how to prepare wool and silk fibers to best receive the dyes using mordants, which are minerals that increase the intensity of color and colorfastness. Students will take home samples of dyed wool yarn and silk fabric. Materials and catered lunch included.
The instructor: Dustin Kahn is an avid gardener and natural dye enthusiast. She has studied mushroom dyes with Dorothy Beebee of Sonoma County Mycological Association (SOMA) and plant dyes with Rebecca Burgess of Fibershed, as well as spending many hours experimenting with natural dyes on her own. When she’s not in the garden tending her dye plants or the in woods searching for dye mushrooms, Dustin is the graphic designer and administrator for Fibershed.
To register: contact Ariana Strozzi by email or Kathleen McCauley by phone.
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