Dye Gardening Class Offered April 21st
Posted by Kristine Vejar on April 11, 2013 0 Comments
Happy Spring! I'm very excited about the warming weather. It means I can start planting all of my plants outside to start this year's garden. This year I have an edible garden in my front yard that is already growing a lot of delicious greens. At the store I (with the help of friends, Chris and Hannah) have planted seeds for a variety of plants that dye fiber.
If you'd like to learn more about the dyeing with fresh plants or just the natural dyeing process; I have a class for you! Please read below...
Growing, Gathering, and Dyeing with Plants - Sunday, April 21
Instructor: Adrienne Rodriguez
Discover natural dyeing and its wide world of color. Throughout time, the craft of natural dyeing has been created and upheld by cultures around the world, from South America to India. Now is your chance to become part of the tradition. Explore which types of plants you can grow and gather that can be used in the dyeing process.
This class will prepare you for natural dyeing on protein (animal) fibers.
In this class, you will learn:
- Yarn and fiber preparation which will include helpful tips for a successful end product with emphasis on colorfastness
- Mordanting with alum for protein fibers (these are fibers that come from animals) to achieve colorfast results
- Dyestuff prep
- Actual dyeing of yarn samples
- Washing and drying your yarn
- Resources for continued learning
- How to create a dye garden
- How to use whole plants to create a wide variety of color
You will leave class with a colorful array of naturally dyed yarn samples and a resourceful handout
No experience required.
Materials included: yarn samples, various dyestuffs, feel free to bring your own plants to try out (8 ounces will do!)
Materials Required: rubber gloves.
NOTE: Class is held on our outside patio with seats. Please dress for comfort, crafting, and weather conditions.
1 Session / 3 hours
Sunday, April 21, 2:30-5:30pm
Cost: $75 with 24 hour advance reservation / $85 walk-in
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Have a question? Call us at 510.595.8372