Upcoming Workshops and Lectures

Feb 19-23, 2019 - The Organic Indigo Vat, Including Resists, Indigo Discharge and Printing

Aya Fiber Studio, Stuart, Florida

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April 4-6, 2019 - A Natural Dye Palette - No Mordant Required

Cloth Fiber Workshop, Asheville NC

This three-day class will demonstrate an approach to developing a distinct and full palette of natural dye colors on protein fibers without the use of an alum pre-mordant. We will focus on the dyeing of wool and silk, discussing color sequence, color mixing, and the dyes appropriate for this approach, and printing. Some of the dyes we will use include: alkanet, henna, lac, madder, rhubarb root, safflower, and indigo. You will leave with a full palette of wool and silk swatches.

June 9-21, 2019 - Natural Dye/Cellulose Textiles (with Joy Boutrup)

Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina

The class will examine the properties of various cellulose fibers, and explore the chemistry of applications of mordants and dyes. Included will be immersion dyeing, direct painting/printing, and discharging of dye. The class will cover the use of organic indigo vats, indigo printing, and discharge of indigo dye. Daily demonstrations and individual exploration will give students the opportunity to develop a vocabulary of dyes and processes from which to create long-lasting textiles with natural color.

July 14-20, 2019 - Natural Dye Tradition and Inspiration

Arrowmont School of Craft, Gatlinburg, TN

Note: This is a special session for educators from the Appalachian region.

July 26-28, 2019 - Cross Dyeing with Natural Dyes

Intermountain Weaver’s Conference, Durango CO

Cross dyeing: A method of coloring fabrics made from more than one kind of fiber. Each fiber in a fabric designed for cross-dyeing takes a specific dye in a different color or in variations of a color.” … The Fabric Dictionary

Weavers have a unique ability to construct fabrics that include both protein and cellulose fibers. When dyed, the fibers can be caused to absorb different colors.

The class will experiment with mordant application and an alternative approach to dyeing without mordants. Simple shibori resists or paste resists will be used to accentuate the design possibilities of the cross dyeing. The use of an organic indigo vat will complete the palette.

Students will prepare sample fabrics prior to the workshop, woven (or knit) of both protein and cellulose fibers in natural and white only. Alternatively, there are a select number of commercial fabrics that may be used for similar cross-dye effects.

August 15-17, 2019 - Woven Shibori and the Organic Indigo Vat

Red Stone Glen, York County, PA

This is a workshop for weavers who are interested in transforming their work through dyeing.

Weaving will be done with cotton or other cellulose fiber and all dyeing will be done with indigo. The class will build organic indigo vats, using fructose, henna, or iron as reduction agents. Students will learn how to use these vats and maintain them.

Looms will be prepared for woven shibori, according to instructions provided. Emphasis will be place on experimenting with patterns and understanding structural possibilities on 4 or 8 shafts. Students will be encouraged to sample but it will be possible to complete a small product such as a scarf or woven runner.

October 9-11, 2019 - Dyeing Stripes, Checks, and Plaids with Natural Dyes

Handweavers of Bucks County, Buckingham, PA

This class will include designing and weaving
cloth that combines three different fibers (wool,
silk, and cotton) in both the warp and the weft.
All weaving will be done with un-dyed yarns
and the color will be applied AFTER the cloth
is woven. Dyeing will be done without
mordants using indigo and other natural dyes applied using a one-bath natural process. The class will learn about the dyes suitable for this approach and make an organic indigo vat. Combining the one bath process with indigo provides a full range of color with no mineral mordants required. This workshop is an opportunity to complete a series of fabric/dye studies and also a scarf.

September 10-14, 2019 - A Series of Five Exploratory, Focused, One-Day Workshops

Slow Fiber Studios, Berkeley, CA

November 13-15, 2019 - Mixing and Shading Colors with Natural Dye

Rocky Mountain Weaver’s Guild, Denver, CO

This three-day class will demonstrate an approach to developing a distinct and full palette of natural dye colors on protein fibers without the use of mordants. The first two days will focus on the dyeing of wool and silk, discussing color sequence, color mixing, and the dyes appropriate for this approach. On the third day, students will be invited to use their own textile materials to create a palette of color on either wool or silk. This approach to dyeing results in colors that are extremely lightfast, making it the perfect choice for weavers of tapestry or rugs. Some of the dyes we will use include: alkanet, henna, lac, madder, rhubarb root, safflower, and indigo.

November 19-21, 2019 - Indigo Printing and Discharge

Rocky Mountain Weaver’s Guild, Denver, CO

This workshop will introduce two innovative applications for indigo: printing and discharge. Both of these techniques were used industrially in the past but are little known to contemporary dyers. In addition to the use of an organic indigo vat, the class will print with an alkaline indigo paste to create a true, dyed indigo print on cotton fabric. When combined with mordants, complex layering of colors is possible.

Discharge of indigo will be accomplished using a safe oxidation process and result in fabrics that are blue, brown and white. The use of simple shibori resists, paste resists, and mordant discharge with over dyeing will give participants a large selection of possibilities for designing with indigo.