We will explore the process of capturing the beauty of a flower and repurpose it into hue. This workshop will open up with an overview lecture on the basics of natural dyeing and then will dive into the extraction process with a hands-on approach with a variety of in-season petals.
Textile artist Maggie Pate has cultivated a remarkable studio that is 100% sustainable and eco-friendly. Her main focus is on capturing color predominantly with food waste, collected from local restaurants and farms. In June 2018, she released her first book, The Natural Colors Cookbook. Her guide explores in depth how to capture color with food waste and pantry basics, making natural dyeing and sustainable colors accessible — and earth-loving — to all.
This 3.5-hour, hands-on workshop will give an overview of how to dye fibers naturally with color extracted from fresh flowers.
- Intro to fibers
- Scouring and mordant baths
- Creating a dye bath
- pH shifts
During this class, the following items will be provided to practice dyeing:
— Silk bandana
— Fishnet market tote bag
— Fiber swatches to create a personal dye book
If you’re interested in bringing your own fibers to dye, please email us in advance. We’ll try to accommodate all requests. Yarn and protein fibers would work best for this workshop.
Questions? Can’t make this class date? Email us, and we’ll notify you of our next workshop.
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