In this class, techniques of natural dyeing will be taught using traditional methods. Students will learn the difference between a dye and a stain and the properties of each. Mordants, assists and their effects on dyes will be taught. We will use dyes dating back over 500 years, learning their history and importance to ancient cultures and Native Americans. Each student will create a dye notebook to take with them. Dyes used will include, but are not limited to, madder, osage orange, black walnut, cota, cochineal, logwood, black oak, brazilwood, and quebracho red. Although natural dyes can be used on a variety of materials including paper and reeds for basketry, we will be dyeing 100% wool yarn samples in class. Each student will be given a sample to include in their dye notebook. Participants are encouraged to bring small samples of their own art medium (cotton, reed, other types of animal fibers) to drop into dye pots.
This is a beginning class. No previous experience is needed.
Class will be held in Building 1 (Classroom Building)
Classroom area - Kitchen
Saturday May 9 from 9am-12pm
Please arrive at Class Check-In (at the entrance to the Class Building) at least 10 minutes early to receive your Nametag and find your class area.
Please bring: a pencil, dye apron
The Materials Fee for this class is $15.00 which includes notebooks with handouts, sample ring, all consumables used in class
Introduction to Natural Dyeing with Gina Levesque
In the unfortunate event you need to cancel your registration, please contact the Great Basin Fiber Arts Fair team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 385.429.3201.
Please note: after March 10, 2020, we will refund 50% of the class fee, and after April 10, 2020, refunds are no longer available.
Transfers will be approved on an individual basis.