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Saturday, October 21 • 10:00am - 5:00pm
Colors of Autumn: Local Plant Dyes on Silk and Wool - SOLD OUT LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

You don’t have to go further than the fields, forests and gardens in your own backyard to find plants to make a rainbow of natural dyes with. 

In this workshop you will learn how to use locally available flowers, berries, barks, and more to create bright, lasting colors on both silk and wool. We will cover all the basics of natural dyes, including mordants, fiber preparation, creating the dye bath, overdyeing, and use of color modifiers. We will be using and processing actual locally gathered plants, not pre-made powders. 

During the workshop we will first process materials and prepare several dye baths using seasonally available plants including goldenrod, black walnut, elderberry, and more. While the baths are brewing, we will mordant the wool and prepare patterns on the silk using several shibori techniques, which consist of sewing, tying, knotting, and wrapping. 

Participants will have the opportunity to dye their silk scarves and skein of wool yarn in the dye baths of their choice and will also receive a sample from each dye bath to add to recipe cards. Throughout the workshop there will be be discussion on locating and sustainably harvesting dye plans as well as how to continue making your own dyes at home  

Students will leave with shibori dyed silk scarves, a skein of dyed wool, samples of each color, detailed handouts on how to make plant dyes at home, and the inspiration to explore their local landscape.   
You'll be sitting and standing throughout the workshop and your hands will be in and out of water through the process.

Level of experience : All levels. Beginners welcome. 

Materials Provided by Instructor: 2 silk scarves, sample fabrics and yarns, dye note cards with recipes 

Materials Provided by Student:  Notebook , four ounces of 100% wool yarn of your choice. (Or one skein), protective clothing because the dye process is fun, but can be messy, so wear work clothes or bring an apron just in case.

Homework: None

Please email the instructor with questions at katiegroveart@gmail.com

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Katie Grove

Going out into the forests and fields, harvesting materials from nature, and sitting down in the sun to weave a basket is Katie Grove’s idea of a perfect day. She is an artist and educator whose passion is to guide people in connecting to their creative self through the combination... Read More →

Saturday October 21, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm EDT
Bld D Tents
  Workshops, Dyeing

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