Join Christine in Fries, Virginia for an introduction to natural dyeing. 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! Registration for this workshop has not opened yet. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be kept updated! Thanks!

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Beginner Natural Dyeing Workshop

Join us for this hands-on experience. Learn how to identify and harvest natural dyes, how to extract their vibrant colors for use on animal fiber.

Welcome!

During this day long 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 shade of red and Indigo, a dye famed for its deep blues. Indigo is especially unique dye matter and the teachers are excited to share the somewhat labor intensive process with students so that they can confidently reproduce beautiful results at home.

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, skiens 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)

Katrina harvesting Yarrow for the Dye Pot.

Katrina harvesting Yarrow for the Dye Pot.