Intro to Natural Textile Dyeing with Griffin Dyeworks
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Saturday 9/7, 11am – 2pm
Cost: $40 + $15 additional cash material fee
To register, click on the link or cal 310-458-2239.
We’ll cover the basics of fiber preparation for natural dyeing, including scouring and mordanting and some resist techniques, as well as an overview of how to prepare these dyes. Vats of indigo (blue), osage orange (bright yellow), and several other dyes, depending on availability, but most likely logwood, madder, or cochineal, will be available for dyeing. We’ll talk about upcycling textiles and using found items to create unique clothing and works of art. Material fee includes a wide variety of resist materials and fabric swatches for experimenting, and students may bring about 4 items to dye (depending upon the size: think of an adult tee shirt as the median). Items should be 70% or more natural fiber, including cotton, linen, bamboo, silk and thin wool, woven or knit fabric.
PLEASE DO NOT bring denim, canvas, cotton or wool fleece, yardage cuts over 1 yard, or other heavy fabric items like sweaters or hoodies; these items require a significant amount of extra dye and they hog the dye pot space. We’ll allow people to dye extra items as time and space allow!