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Introduction to Natural Dyes

Friday 1:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Introduction to Natural Dyes

Workshop Fee Per Student:

Early Bird $60 / Full Price $70

Total length of time: 4 hours

Instructor's Name: Gina Levesque

Instructor's Business: Across Generations

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Description: Techniques of natural dyeing will be taught using traditional methods.  Students will learn the difference between a dye and a stain, colorfastness, light fastness and properties of individual dyes.  Mordants and their effects on dyes will be taught.  We will use dyes dating back over 500 years, learning their history and importance to ancient cultures and Native Americans.  Each student will create a dye notebook to take with them.  Dyes used will include, but are not limited to, madder, osage orange, black walnut, cochineal, logwood, plus a wide variety of additional sources.  


Although natural dyes can be used on a variety of materials including paper and reeds for basketry, we will be dyeing 100% wool yarn samples in workshop.  Each student will be given a sample to include in their dye notebook.  Participants are encouraged to bring small samples of their own art medium (cotton, reed, other types of animal fibers) to drop into dye pots.   

Items Included:  A binder of information and dye sheets, workshop samples of dyed wool and a metal ring with labels to organize them, plus all materials used in workshop.

Student Provides:  Participants should wear older clothing or a dye apron.  Students may bring milk jugs or jars if they desire to take home remaining exhaust baths.  Students should wear older clothing and/or aprons.

Prerequisites: None

Minimum Age of Participants: 14

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