Mapping Color: Ecoprinting with Plants

Instructor: Sarah Ollikkala Jones

In this class, you will learn:

+ to print with flowers and leaves using The Modern Natural Dyer as reference.

+ steps in the natural dyeing process to create long-lasting natural color on wool, silk, cotton, and linen. 

+ which plants contain dye, their identifying properties, and where they can be found.

The eco-printing technique is particularly captivating as it provides a way to bring your garden with you everywhere you go! Throughout time, people have used a variety of techniques to mark their clothing as their own. You can use natural dyes to record a history of your hikes through nature.

There will be a collection of samples from the projects in The Modern Natural Dyer for you to see in person - including the Flowers at My Fingertips Sewing Kit and samples of colors from the book. You will leave this class with a series of eco-printed fabrics, and a practical foundation to starting your own eco-printing practice using The Modern Natural Dyer.

Each student will receive a Mapping Color Kit which includes:

+ Silk scarf
+ Linen fabric
+ Wool flannel fabric
+ Dye plants* 
+ Thread

+ The Modern Natural Dyer

    NOTE: Class is held in our outside studio. Please dress for comfort, crafting, and weather conditions.

    *Flowers will be provided but please feel free to bring some flowers from your garden to experiment with!

    Students have the option of dyeing additional silk scarves! If you would like to dye more scarves, please add them to your cart below. You must pre-order at least a week in advance, so we have time to prepare it for dyeing.

    Students can also add our natural dye kit, Flowers At My Fingertips, to your cart. You can take this kit home and use the knowledge you gain in class to mordant, dye, and sew your kit!

    No experience required.
    1 session / 3 hours

    Class Size: 12 students max.

    Date: TBD
    Time: TBD
    Cost: $145 (includes kit)

    Sarah is the production dyer at Verb. She loves to experiment with different techniques and to create new colors. Sarah has a BS in Chemistry from UC Berkeley and excels at the complex math necessary to achieve consistent colors and results. An avid knitter, sewist, and baker, Sarah also loves to hike, collect flowers, and try out new recipes and crafts. 


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