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Natural Dye: A Focus on Protein Fibers

August 8, 2022 @ 9:00 am - August 12, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

$550.00

Natural Dye: A Focus on Protein Fibers

Monday August 8th- Friday, August 12th

9:00am – 5:00pm

Workshop Overview

This workshop will focus on the best practices for mordanting and dyeing protein fabrics and fibers, including both wool and silk. Purchased dyestuffs and extracts will be used as well as some locally grown plants. There will be discussion on dye selection and methods of testing dyes for longevity.

Students will work with both mordant dyes and natural dyes that can be treated as acid dyes without the use of mordants. There will also be experiments with middle mordanting on silk, color mixing, and color gradations. A natural indigo vat will be used to complete the palette of color.

Emphasis will be placed on experimentation, process, and accurate record keeping. Each student will build a notebook of samples and processes for future reference and use. Small individual projects may be dyed at the end of the week if time permits.

The workshop is complete on its own or can be combined with Natural Dye: A Focus on Cellulose Fibers and Printing for a more comprehensive overview of the natural dye practice.

All levels of experience welcome.

Skills + Techniques

Students will learn:

  • Mordanting
  • Immersion dyeing
  • Using dyes without mordants
  • pH control
  • Dye selection
  • Indigo vats and dyeing
  • Color mixing and shading
  • Cross dyeing
  • Record Keeping

Instructor

Catharine Ellis 

Tools + Materials

Students should bring:

  •  A couple of old towels
  • A loose-leaf binder
  • Small notebook for taking notes
    Dyes and protein textiles for class experiments will be provided for the entire class but you many want to bring small samples (fibers, yarns, or fabrics) that are typical of your own studio work for experimenting

Material Fee:

  • $75.00 – $100.00 paid at time of workshop

COVID-19 

  • Please read our COVID-19 Policy prior to registering
  • We are honoring each instructor’s specific COVID-19 safety requests. For this workshop, your instructor reserves the right to require additional safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop

Housing + Meals

Housing and meals will be available on-site in 2022. We will let all registered students know when housing registration is open. Spots will be first-come, first serve. The option to choose meals will be open to all students. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

$550.00 / per student

Address

7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, New Hampshire 03307

Call Us

(603) 435-7314

Details

Start:
August 8, 2022 @ 9:00 am
End:
August 12, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
Cost:
$550.00
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Venue

Sanborn Mills Farm
7097 Sanborn Road
Loudon, NH 03307 United States
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Phone:
(603)435-7314
Website:
sanbornmills.org