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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.


Liz Spencer is owner and operator of The Dogwood Dyer, an all-natural dyeing service that uses locally grown and foraged plants as well as ethically sourced dyestuffs to help create sustainable accessories, garments, and home goods. Her process involves minimal water consumption, with 80 percent of the refuse water recycled back into her gardens. An advocate for the education of ethically conscious design, she teaches sustainability, fashion, and natural dyeing at FIT and Parsons The New School for Design, and she spent a year as a venture fellow at the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator. She holds a BA from Linfield College, in Oregon, and an MA in sustainable fashion from the London College of Fashion. She teaches workshops independently in southern California and the New York City area. Follow her colorful story on Instagram where she posts about upcoming workshops and events: @thedogwooddyer