Natural Bundle Dyeing Workshop
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Live and Free*: Dec. 9-11!
from 11:00am-2pm ET
(8-11am PT, 9-12pm MT,
10-1pm CT, 4-7pm GMT)
About the course
This workshop will get you started on your way to understanding more about the vast world of natural dyes. In this class we will go over mordants and different types of fiber, how we may get different results from each one.We will be focusing on silk fabric but mordants for cotton will be covered. We will learn about different dye materials used throughout history and the different results they may produce. I will be covering 3 different ways to bundle fabric for different and interesting results. We will discuss different dyestuff and how to investigate for potential of dyestuff by creating a little test swatch. We will cover digging into your very own back yard for dye material and what to look for to dig deeper into what you may even have in your very own yard that could dye cloth. I hope you will take this Natural Dye journey with me.
In this course you will learn:
- Brief Natural Dye History
- Mordant and how they work, we will be using Alum and Iron in the workshop.
- Scouring cloth to prepare for the dye process.
- Types of fiber and benefits of each one in a dye pot.
- Basic Natural dye set up, pots, materials scale for weighing fiber and mordants/dyestuff and general safety rules.
- ...and more!
Our Projects we will work on for the workshop:
- One silk scarf dyed with natural extracts using Alum as a Mordant
- One silk hankie with local plants and Alum and Iron Pot As Mordant
- Jar Testing for dye potential
- How to catalog or journal your unique experiments
- Tips for sourcing and finishing fabric for garments.
About The Instructor
I started my company Sago in 2008 with the intention of creating beautiful, unique jewelry for people who also felt a deep connection to storytelling, adornment and very individual pieces for everyday wear. Perhaps even people who longed to try on another way of seeing the world, feeling and being in the world. Much of my inspiration has come from my love of dance and global dance cultures and adornment around the world.
In 2014 I added a naturally dyed textile element to my company Sago. I had a call to explore nature on a deeper level, specifically understanding trees. I learned about a technique called eco-print where color and shape from leaves were transferred to cloth and paper. I immediately saw this as a map to communicate with nature in an artistic way and I had to learn more. I was able to study with several masters in the field over the next few years allowing me to explore and Jind my own way in the art while studying with some of the pioneers of the techniques that captivated me. I see each of the things I do as a way to connect people to both their own being and the world outside of our being.