Natural Botanical Dyeing with Kim, Some Sundays, Summer 2022 – Lakes Makerie
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Natural Botanical Dyeing with Kim, Some Sundays, Summer 2022


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 new Tent in our behind the 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 plants. 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.

$85/class , plus $25 materials fee.     

Sundays 12-4 pm (see curriculum below). Weather permitting, we will arrange raincheck dates for inclement weather.

4 student minimum, 8 student maximum

Sunday, June 26. Preparing Textiles for Plant Dyes. Learn about mordants and compare colors using a variety of dyes and mordants on a range of fabrics.

Sunday, July 3.  Gathering and Storing Dye Plants. Learn Plant Identification, get a list of local due plants and our tips on where to find them. Go home with a source list, photos and bibliography.

Sunday, July 10.  Raid the Kitchen for Dye Stuff. Did you know you have lots of sources of natural dye right in your own kitchen? Explore color in plants readily available in the busiest room of your home.

Sunday, July 31. Steam Bundling on Silk. Learn to use steam and direct contact with leaves, flowers and berries to make colorful botanical prints on fabric.
Sunday, Aug 7. Flower Pounding for Color. Captures fresh botanical color on cloth using  the simplest of tools and learn to accent with embroidery afterward. 

Sunday, Aug 21. Open Dye Pots. Mordants and dye pots will be available. Bring your own fabric, yarn or garment. We'll prorate your fee for the weight-of-goods you want to dye.

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