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July 27, 2019: Introduction to Natural Dyeing

Learn the fundamentals of dyeing yarn with natural plant materials, from preparing the yarn with mordant, to altering pH and using post-treatments.

We’ll forage for dye plants at the farm, and we may use kitchen scraps or purchased extracts to create a range of colors. We’ll also try eco-printing on a sock blank using whole leaves and flowers.

All yarn and dyestuff will be provided, and students should bring appropriate clothing and personal safety gear*.

Each participant will take home several skeins of finished yarn to use in personal projects.

Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Our farm in Tunbridge, Vermont (near East Bethel and I-89, Exit 3).
Cost: Includes yarn and dye materials: $175
Class Size: 5 students
You must be 18 years of age or older to participate. The class fee is due on registration. Please review our workshop registration policy before signing up.
Lichen yarn in dye bath

*For safety, students will be required to: wear comfortable cotton or other natural-material work clothes that fit well and cover the arms (no loose floppy clothing; no synthetics). Be prepared to tie back long hair. Bring with you: dust mask, eye protection, and heat-resistant rubber gloves.

Published by Sarah Scully

Sarah is the owner/operator of Vermont Natural Sheepskins. She is an avid knitter and knitwear designer. She also enjoys cooking and gardening.