with Liz Spencer the Dogwood Dyer
Saturday, February 24th
10 am - 1 pm
$90 + $20 materials
Join Liz Spencer of The Dogwood Dyer in exploring multiple ways to work with the king of natural dye plants: Indigo. She will share the incredibly unique experience of dyeing with rich organic indigo that was grown in the United States. Together with participants she will create a Fructose Vat. There will also be an organic henna vat present for participants to experiment and dye with, to understand the varying nature of indigo chemistry and the many ways it can work. Unlike most modern indigo dye vats that are prepared quickly with a chemical reducing agent, this workshop will use only natural ingredients to activate the indigo dyeing power of the vat. Learn the science behind the nature of indigo while experiencing the alchemistic wonder of its transformation from indigo white to blue!
This dye is perfectly suited for experimenting with shibori- traditional tie, bind, and stitch techniques. Liz will demonstrate her favorites including itajime and arashi and encourage students to try their hand at surface and pattern design.
After practicing technique on swatches, each participant will dye their own pillowcase to bring home! DIY decor.
Participants are also encouraged to bring their own medium to small sized natural fiber (cotton, wool, silk, linen, etc.) garment or item to dye in the reduced vat.
Space is limited.
.Please bring $20 materials fee to class.