Textile Dyeing Series - Natural Dyes - Feb 22
80.00
Using items found in nature, you can create beautifully dyed fabrics & yarn! In this class Heather Marano will show you how to use madder, logwood, walnut hulls and more to dye your fabrics. Bring along a few undyed items you'd like to dye. Each participant will go home with a silk scarf, which they've dyed themselves in class, and a booklet with instructions so you can do it again at home.
Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 10am - 1pm
Class cost per person is $80, all materials included.
This class is part of our Textile Dyeing Series! Save when you take more than one class.
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When using natural dyes, fabrics and fibers need to be prepared ahead of time as they need two processes (scouring and mordanting) before the dye will adhere and the results will be light and color fast. Natural dyes require heat and time to develop. Due to the changing nature of plants, soil conditions, environmental conditions, etc. it's harder to reproduce identical colors.
We'll have three dye pots available. Participants will look at finished samples on cotton and silk swatches to choose which three colors they want. Options will be: madder (red), cochineal (pink), weld (yellow), logwood (purple), black walnut (dark brown), cutch (tan/yellow), pericon (Mexican marigolds, yellow). I will also discuss, and include in their workshop packet, information on using kitchen items like onion skins, avocado pit, tea bags, eucalyptus, and turmeric. These kitchen scrap dyes don't tend to be as light or color fast as the plant extracts we'll be using in class. Students will learn different dye techniques specific to natural dyes.Each participant will go home with a silk scarf, which they've dyed themselves in class, and a booklet with instructions so you can do it again at home! Bring along a few undyed items you'd like to dye.  Some ideas for items to bring to dye are: silk or cotton placemats or napkins, silk scarves, t-shirts, socks, pillow covers or cases, etc. You'll be see samples of the dyes on similar fabrics and learn how to create the dyes themselves. Then you'll have a chance to dye your own materials. 
TEXTILE DYEING SERIES
Use promo codes at check out to save on this series! One person per discount. (All classes must be taken by the same person to qualify for the discounted rate)
2 Classes, save $10 with code SERIES10
3 Classes, save $20 with code SERIES20
All 4 classes in the series, save a total of $30 with code SERIES30
Heather Marano is a fiber artist and knit designer with degrees in anthropology and archaeology. She studies textiles in western and non-western cultures and teaches classes on knitting, spinning, gardening, and natural dyeing of fibers and fabrics. She has her own line of yarns called The Minister's Cat Yarns and Fibers which she produces from her garden in Orinda, CA.