Join Christine + Katrina in Fries, Virginia for an introduction to natural dyeing. September 21, 2019. The workshop will begin at 11 and run until 2pm. Participants are welcome to stay after the hands on workshop to use the equipment and supplies to dye their own fiber under the guidance of the experienced natural dyers. Registration for this workshop IS OPEN! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get sneak peeks on natural dyeing leading up to the workshop!

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Beginner Natural Dyeing Workshop

Join us for this hands-on experience. Christine will be joined by her Aunt, Dr. Katrina Weirick, a life long Natural Dyer. They are excited to share their passion for plants and fiber! Learn how to identify and harvest natural dyes, how to extract their vibrant colors for use on animal fiber.

Welcome!

During this 3+ hour workshop expect to learn about local plants available throughout the year and recipes for their use in dyeing animal fiber. In addition to learning about locally available dyes Christine and Katrina will be demonstrating dyeing with Cochineal, an insect that creates a vibrate and long lasting red, and Indigo, a dye famed for its deep blues. Indigo is especially unique dye matter and the instructors are excited to share the process with you so that you can confidently reproduce beautiful results at home.

The workshop is broken into two phases!
3 hour hands on demo:

We will give you a brief history of natural dyeing and introduce you to the wide variety of natural dye plants that are available in your region. Students will learn how to identify and respectfully harvest a handful of common, local dye plants for their own harvest in the future! We will cover the supply list and demonstrate how everything us used. Christine and Katrina are excited to share the mordant and dye process with everyone and can’t wait to see the results! Each batch will be unique.

Dye by the half pound:

After the 3 hour hands on demo we invite everyone to stay after and dye wool of their own (store bought or from your own flock), ‘cause why not? With all the equipment set up and dye material on hand this seem like a great way to further explore the process. You will leave with a thorough understanding and be able to confidently reproduce naturally dyed wool at home! We are charging $10 per half pound of wool to cover materials and time. This is a great opportunity to work through the entire process from start to finish under the guidance of our watchful eye. Ask questions, get dirty and learn with your hands!

A Honey Bee enjoy the flowers of the Goldenrod plant. Join us in September to learn how to extract the amazing dye qualities of this plant.

A Honey Bee enjoy the flowers of the Goldenrod plant. Join us in September to learn how to extract the amazing dye qualities of this plant.

What will I learn at this workshop?

How to identify and harvest plants for dye.

How to prep fiber for dyeing, skeins vs. roving.

Types of mordants.

How to wash and mordant wool, the first steps to preparing fiber to accept dye.

Recipes for select mordants and dyes. Supply/equipment list and where to shop for ingredients.

Dyeing animal fiber using fresh plants.

Dyeing animal fiber using unique, non-native dyes, Cochineal and Indigo.

How to over-dye to create secondary colors (green, purple, orange)

How to use mordants to achieve a variety of color.

Katrina harvesting Yarrow for the Dye Pot.

Katrina harvesting Yarrow for the Dye Pot.


Heritage is not just stored in things, but in our hands.
— Toko-pa Turner, Author of "Belonging, Remebering Ourselves Home"

A baby bonnet in the making using merino wool dyed with Golden Rod and Iron. Join us and learn how to extract these vibrant colors yourself!

A baby bonnet in the making using merino wool dyed with Golden Rod and Iron. Join us and learn how to extract these vibrant colors yourself!

To register for this workshop add “Natural Dye Workshop” to your cart and check out. If you are also interested in dyeing your own fiber add “Workshop add-on 0.5lb” to your cart for every half lb of fiber you plan to dye. Registration for this event will end Monday, September 9th, 2019. Due to the nature of this event and the supplies that must be ordered ahead of time we will not be able to refund any cancellations.

We look forward to meeting you September 21st in Fries, Virginia!