Designed for natural dyeing beginners or those looking to create in good company, explore color and pattern from your surrounding landscape in this 2-day remote learning class. Learn how to achieve multiple shades of color from a single dye bath as well as resist techniques to create geometric patterns.
Receive a package with all the tools + ingredients necessary to experiment: dried plants from my garden and ready-to-dye fabric for our class, as well as instructions and ingredients for preparing your own.
After discussing the dye bath setup and some plants that can be used, we’ll talk about shifting the color by changing the pH using minerals, rust, and more. I’ll show you how to use these modifiers to yield different shades of color from one dye bath.
I’ll also demonstrate the Japanese Shibori technique, Itajime. This ancient dye method uses pieces of wood to resist the dye, blocking out areas of the fabric where the dye cannot penetrate, creating kaleidoscope-like patterns.
Tuesday, 9/29 from 4-6:30 pm EST and Wednesday, 9/30 from 4-6:30 pm EST
Registration closes Wednesday, 9/23. Sign up in time to receive your package and prepare for class.
Your package will contain: * dried flowers + leaves grown on Cape Cod * pre-scoured + mordanted cotton voile fabric * mordant ingredients for cellulose fibers (aluminum acetate and calcium carbonate) * soda ash for scouring fibers and modifying the dye bath * ferrous sulfate (iron powder) for color modifying * instructions for scouring and mordanting cellulose fibers
dye ingredients from Botanical Colors
For our class you’ll need: * a 3 to 5G stainless steel pot with a lid * 2 extra dye pots or a large plastic bucket * long stainless spoons * heat-resistant gloves * thermometer * measuring cups and spoons * dust mask for working with ingredients * pH neutral soap (Free + Clear) * heat source for boiling water and cooking dye bath
Other helpful tools to have on hand for natural dyeing: * digital scale * extra measuring cups/spoons * 5 gallon buckets or large mason jars with lids for storing mordants and dye baths * pH reader * clothesline + pins or a drying rack out of direct sun * dropcloths, aprons, cleaning cloths * clothespins, sticks, rope, etc. for shibori
Please note, all tools should be dedicated to dyeing.