WORKSHOP: Natural Dye Rainbow II: New Color Combinations and Techniques



Join Botanical Colors in a 3-day workshop at BARN (Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network) on Bainbridge Island in Washington State where we will learn to dye and paint with natural dyes on wool yarn! Natural dyes have a unique and rich history across many cultures, and we will be able to easily create beautiful colors from plants, insects and other natural and sustainable colorants. The class will cover the entire natural dye process from mordanting through finishing using methods are mindful of water and energy use.

We will begin with an overview of  yarn preparation and mordanting, and then combine extracts to create compound shades and blend colors.  The results will be harmonious, yet unexpected!  Indigo will add an element of surprise to our color palette.

Each dye team will create 8 shades, resulting in a group effort of dyeing up to 48 different color blends. Recipes included.

The final day will cover working with the same extracts to paint and blend colors on participant-supplied skeins of yarn.

Materials: All sample fibers will be provided, and students will take home numerous yarn samples to make a small project. Each participant will receive information about each dye, plus recipes and procedures for naturally dyeing at home.

Botanical Colors natural dyes will be available for sale.

February 7-9, 2020
Guest Price: $620 tuition
Member Discount Price: $475 tuition



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