WORKSHOPS: Thurs., Oct. 17 - Sun., Oct. 20, 2024



Workshop Info

Date: Thursday, October 19, 2023
Time:9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Instructor:Kathy Sparks
Cotton and Linen and Natural Dyes - Oh My! - SOLD OUT

Cellulose fbers such as cotton and linen present a whole new set of challenges for the Natural Dyer. Originating from plants, they lack the scale structure associated with wool and the dyeing process becomes more complex. By understanding the methodology and application of color from natural sources, the fiber artist can achieve success using fiber and color sources found in the world around them, resulting in a rich palette of colors.

This workshop is designed for those wishing to expand their dye knowledge, moving beyond the use of wool. We will be learning how to prepare the cotton and linen: scouring, mordanting and applying tannin and then use dyes sourced from both historic and foraged natural dye materials.


Prerequisite:  This workshop is open to all levels but it will be of value to those students who have had a little natural dye workshop experience. The focus will be on cellulose fibers and the techniques specific to cotton and linen when using natural dyes.

Skill Level Required:  Beginner

Homework:  None.

Questions about the workshop?  Email

Note: Images are a representation of the workshop project. 

 This workshop is held in a heated tent.  Your hands will be in and out of water throughout the session.





Materials Info

A material fee of $40 (cash or check) will be collected by the instructor.  It includes all handouts, supplies, yarns, and materials.

Students must bring:  rubber gloves (some will be provided), note taking materials, students should wear clothing they do not mind getting dye on, and a mask (to protect you from dye particles).

We also suggest bringing a battery operated light should you need additional lighting.

NOTE:  There is no onsite ATM on Thursday and Friday. 


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Workshop Fee $125.00



Other Workshops Available By Kathy Sparks
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SEEING RED Dyeing 10/17/2024 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 135.00 MORE INFO
WEIGHTED IN THE PAST - WARP WEIGHTED LOOM WEAVING Weaving 10/19/2024 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 135.00 MORE INFO
WOODLAND DENIZENS Dyeing 10/18/2024 9:00 am - 4:00 pm 135.00 MORE INFO

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