Growing, Gathering, and Dyeing with Plants: Coming Soon!
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:
- How to create a dye garden, what plants to grow and how many
- How to use whole plants to create a wide variety of color
- How to harvest and store plants for dyeing
- 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
- Extraction of color from plants for dyeing
- Techniques for dyeing yarn samples
- Resources for continued learning
You will leave class with a colorful array of naturally dyed yarn samples.
No experience required! Kids welcome (aged 9+ years old)
Materials included: yarn samples, various dyestuffs
Materials Required: rubber gloves
NOTE: Class is held on our outside patio. Please dress for comfort, crafting, and weather conditions, bring sunscreen!
1 session / 3 hours
Cost: $75 with 24 hour advance reservation / $85 walk-in
Class Size: 15 students max.
Adrienne works at AVFKW as a dye technician, maintains the AVFKW dye garden, and has helped build the store from the very beginning. She is the daughter of horticulturist and the granddaughter of a farmer. With the encouragement of her mother and father she planted her first garden at the age of 8 years old. Adrienne is also an avid mushroom hunter and dyer. Taking care of the Verb dye garden and planning what to plant each year is one of Adrienne’s favorite parts of her job, she can’t wait to share the garden and her tips and tricks with you!