NATURAL DYEING WITH NATURAL MATERIAL EXTRACTS
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (All day) to Thursday, February 23, 2017 (All day)
This class is a two-day intensive dye workshop using natural dye extracts. We will begin the class preparing the yarn with a mordant bath using alum. This will follow with a short discussion of dye theory as it applies to both chemical and natural dyes. The instructor will demonstrate mixing the extracts in a 1% equivalent stock solution for mixing colors. We will dye in a gradated series using 5-6 dye extracts to create a pallet of colors. Students will produce approximately 80 color samples on wool or a wool/mohair blend yarn.
Please note, these extracts have been developed for the commercial dye market and while relatively non-toxic are very colorfast. Students will have an opportunity to prepare the cotton yarn in class moving from scour to mordant to dye bath. Each student will receive a comprehensive dye notebook with workshop instructions as well as notes for working on your own to dye yarns. Included in the notebook will be a set of dye samples produced in class.