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Natural & Medicinal Dye Workshop Half Moon Bay
November 9 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Building a Natural Dye Practice
Within this workshop, we will learn the ins and outs of working with traditional and foraged natural dyes to help you build a personal botanical dye practice. Covering all of the steps to create wash and light fast color, we’ll learn to make and use an organic indigo vat, how to ethically forage local dye plants and process different kinds of plant matter into dyestuff, what mordanting is , why it’s necessary and how to use tannin assists when prepping fabric to accept dye. We will be working with primary colors and practice color creation through over-dyeing. We’ll also cover the basic principles of medicinal dyeing and insight into the different medicinal plants I’ve spent the past twenty-two years studying for topical effects in this manner. Swatches of materials and one bandana will be provided and participants are encouraged to bring a small thing or two from home to practice within the dye pots.