Upcoming Workshops and Lectures

February 17-21, 2020 - Natural Dye Study: Understanding the Role of Mordants

Aya Fiber Studio, Stuart, FL

Whether you are an immersion dyer, a printer, or an eco-printer, mordants are an essential element to the natural dye process. They can enhance or alter the colors achieved from a single dye.

During this class we will investigate the best mordant practices for wool, silk, and cotton for both immersion dyeing and printing.

The class will explore both mineral alum and alum that that is sourced from plants. Iron and titanium will be used to heighten the effects of certain dyes and tannins. We will compare pre-mordanting, post-mordanting, and middle-mordanting and dispel some of the “myths” about mordanting and why some practices can damage the mordant.

At the end of the week, you will go away with a class “lab book” of samples and a deeper understanding of how mordants can be utilized to control and enhance your own studio dye practice.

March 11-12, 2020 - Growing Color Symposium

North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville, NC

“What Really Happens in the Indigo Vat”, a workshop presented with Rowland Ricketts and Catharine Ellis.

March 29-April 4, 2020 - Natural Dyeing for Wool: No Mordant Required

John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC

Produce strong, lightfast colors on wool fabrics and fibers without the use of mineral mordants. Create a sample book of yarn and fabrics where dyes-sourced locally and globally-are bound to wool using Appalachian tannin. Explore color mixing with a naturally reduced indigo vat. We’ll discuss colorful mountain heritage as we work. All levels welcome. This class is featured in our “Passing On Appalachian Traditions” series, and is designed to connect highly skilled Appalachian craft instructors with present-day students. Instruction includes historical and cultural relevance, in addition to helping students understand, recognize, and practice traditional Appalachian skills and techniques.

April 23-25, 2020 - Natural Dye Study: A Focus on Mordants

Cloth Fiber Workshop, Asheville, NC

Whether you are an immersion dyer, a printer, or an eco-printer, mordants are an essential element to the natural dye process. They can enhance or alter the colors achieved from a single dye.

During this class we will investigate the best mordant practices for wool, silk, and cotton for both immersion dyeing and printing.

The class will explore alum and iron. Titanium will be used to heighten the effects of certain dyes and tannins. We will compare pre-mordanting, post-mordanting, and middle-mordanting and dispel some of the “myths” about mordanting and why some practices can damage the mordant.

At the end of the week, you will go away with a notebook of samples and a deeper understanding of how mordants can be utilized to control and enhance your own studio dye practice.

July 27, 2020 - Natural Dyes for Wool without the Use of Mordants (3 hour Seminar)

Convergence, Knoxville, TN

Specific dyes can be applied to wool without the use of mordants and still create a full palette of rich color. The dye “attaches” to the protein fibers in a method similar to acid dyes. Using examples and demonstrations, the class will explore the dye process and investigate cross dyeing techniques for textiles constructed of protein and cellulose. As a result of the fastness of these dyes to light, they can be an excellent choice for tapestry or rug weaving. Participants will produce sample cards of relevant dyes such as madder, alkanet, lac, rhubarb, and safflower applied to wool.

July 27, 2020 - Natural Dyes Using Mordants, Especially for Weavers (3 hour Seminar)

Convergence, Knoxville, TN

Weavers have the unique opportunity to apply dyes either before or after construction of the textile. Using examples and demonstrations participants will investigate preferred methods of applying mordants and dyes to both protein and cellulose yarns or fabrics, how to dye textiles constructed of multiple fibers, and specific techniques including direct application for space dyeing, shibori, or warp painting. The class will learn the most effective dyes for archival use. Participants will produce sample cards of relevant dyes for wool, cotton and silk.

September 15-17, 2020 - Woven Shibori with Natural Dyes

Eugene Textile Center, Eugene, OR

Woven shibori uses the loom to make fabric while also making a resist for dyeing. It is a true joining together of weaving and surface design. Participants will work with cellulose fibers on the loom to create woven resists and a full palette of color using natural indigo vats and mordant dyes.

Woven shibori will provide opportunities to layer and mix colors using immersion dyeing, direct application of dye, and mordant printing techniques. The workshop will include weaving but students are encouraged to prepare looms and complete a few woven samples prior to the class so that we have plenty of time to explore dye techniques. Instructions will be provided for loom set up and initial woven samples.

September 18-20, 2020 - Mixing & Shading Colors with Natural Dyes

Eugene Textile Center, Eugene, OR

This dye class will focus on techniques of mixing and layering dyes in order to create a full palette of color on wool. We will use a natural indigo vat, mordant dyes, and natural acid dyes that can be used without a mordant.Class samples will be completed on wool fabrics and students will build a reference notebook of colors. Participants are invited to bring small amounts of their own wool for experimenting, as time allows.

2021

Maiwa School of Textiles, Vancouver, BC, Canada

A 5 day class in natural dye, co-taught with Joy Boutrup - details to follow.

2021

Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC

A two week class in weaving and natural dye - details to follow.