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Natural Dyes for Beginners

January 25, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

| $125

collageCome spend the day exploring the world of natural dyes, both wild and cultivated locally. In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to dye with a variety of leaves, petals, hulls, fungi and roots, giving you an introduction to some of the many sources of natural dye pigment. You will also learn how to prepare wool and silk fibers to best receive the dyes using mordants, which are minerals that increase the intensity of color and colorfastness. Students will take home samples of dyed wool yarn and silk fabric. Materials and catered lunch included.

The instructors: Dustin Kahn is an avid gardener and natural dye enthusiast. She has studied mushroom dyes with Dorothy Beebee of Sonoma County Mycological Association (SOMA) and plant dyes with Rebecca Burgess of Fibershed, as well as spending many hours experimenting with natural dyes on her own. When she’s not in the garden tending her dye plants or the in woods searching for dye mushrooms, Dustin is the graphic designer and administrator for Fibershed. Visit her blog about natural dyes here.

Katharine Jolda will be co-teaching the class. A self-taught felter, she is the artisan behind Felt the Sun, a collection of felt apparel made from Navajo and Bay Area wool, and understands her felt practice as a creative form of “direct action” that builds reciprocal and honorable relationships to serve practical needs. Katharine is also an experienced natural dyer, and has taught classes for students of all ages.

To register: contact Ariana Strozzi at Ariana@ValleyFordWoolMill.com or (707) 338-9817.

For questions about the class: contact Dustin at fibershed@gmail.com.



January 25, 2014
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Valley Ford Mercantile & Wool Mill
14390 Hwy 1
Valley Ford, 94972 United States
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Valley Ford Mercantile & Wool Mill

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