Botanical Dyeing with Kim, Some Sundays, 2023 (updated)
Dyeing with Botanicals
Dyeing with Plants is as much about Chemistry as Alchemy; as much Process as Artistry. It's messy, a little unpredictable, last but not least, it’s quite a lot of fun, especially when our Kim in involved.
Throughout the summer Lakes Makerie will be setting up the Big Tent behind our shop for some fun outdoor classes. Kim will fire up the Dye Pots on six Sundays this summer and guide students through the process of achieving beautifully dyed fabrics using plant material as the source of pigment. Attend all six or choose the ones that suit your interest.
Each class will include 4 hours of hands-on fabric dyeing to produce a range of colors and access to at least three different natural dye pots and four mordant pots, as well as Six Fat Quarters (18”x22”pieces ) of a variety undyed textiles chosen from Lakes Makerie. The best part? We'll set up and clean up. All you have to do is get messy, have fun and then take your beautiful naturally dyed fabrics home, admire them, and decide what you will make with them.
$90/class, plus $25 materials fee.
Sign up for more than one class (for yourself or for you and a friend) and pay $75/ class (a $30 savings on two registrations) Enter code BOTANICAL30 at checkout.
Sundays 12-4 pm (see dates below). Weather permitting, we will arrange raincheck dates for inclement weather.
4 student minimum, 8 student maximum
Sunday, July 23. Preparing Textiles for Plant Dyes Learn about mordants: what they are, how they prepare textiles for dyeing and how they effect the colors plant dyes yield on a range of fabrics.
Sunday, Aug 6. Color from the Kitchen. There is color in the plants that fill our summer kitchens. We will use some kitchen staples - Onion, Hibiscus, Turmeric to name a few and see what kinds of permanent color we can discover with our textiles.
Sunday, Aug 20. Close Contact Printing. Use steam and direct contact to transfer the color and pattern of leaves and flowers, rusty metals, berries and vines to textiles. We will have a basket of various botanicals to use. If there is a plant you would like to try, cut some and bring it along - the fresher the better. We will have silk and cotton fabrics washed and premordanted for each student.
Sunday, Sep 3. Preparing Textiles for Plant Dyes Learn about mordants: what they are, how they prepare textiles for dyeing and how they effect the colors plant dyes yield on a range of fabrics.
Sunday, Sep 17. Flower Pounding for Color. Capture fresh botanical color from flowers and leaves onto prepared cloth using the simplest of tools. Mordanted fabric and hammers will be ready - You provide the muscle!
Sunday, Oct 1. Open Dye Pots. Bring your own fabric, fiber (yarn) or garment (or pay $25 materials fee and receive 6 fat quarters of promordanted fabrics. Your textiles should be scoured (well washed) and mordanted to be ready to accept the dyes in 4 dyepots (Marigold, Sumac, Tansy and Buckthorn)
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