Ecoprinting and Dyeing with Locally Sourced Flora
Learn to dye fabrics, yarns, etc with locally sourced plants. In this two part class we will learn the basics of dyeing fabrics with botanicals and each student will walk away with two silk scarves they've dyed themselves. First class is scheduled for September 24th from 11 am to 2 pm. Second class is following Saturday October, 1st, from 11 am to 2 pm. Class 1: All about Scouring and Mordants In this first lesson we'll learn about the importance of scouring and mordanting and we'll do both of those first steps for our scarves. Then we'll cover our options for dyeing our fabrics in the next class. Class 2: Dyeing Fabrics with Botanical Dye Stuffs In this class we'll actually dye our prepared fabrics and add some modifiers to the dyes if desired. One scarf will use a dip dye method and the other scarf will employ an ecoprinting method.
Heather is a knit designer, teacher and writer. Since 2010 she has taught classes on gardening, knitting, spinning, the use of natural dyes, and the archaeology and mythology of fiber work. Heather is also a Master Gardener and grows many of the plants she uses for natural dyes in her own garden. Heather has published articles on dyeing fibers with natural plant based dyes in online blogs such as Crochet Addict, UK. She has published patterns in international online fiber magazines and has also published articles in the e-magazine Wild Sister, and has contributed chapters on different goddesses to the books, Naming the Goddess (Moon Books, 2015) and the upcoming Goddesses in America (Moon Books, 2016). A self-proclaimed knitting addict, Heather designs her own pieces and has a shop on Ravelry in addition to her own website where she blogs and offers classes and patterns.
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