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Tracy City, TN 37387
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A FIRST HAND INTRODUCTION INTO THE WORLD OF RAISING FIBER ANIMALS, SPINNING, WEAVING, AND NATURAL DYEING.

7.21.18- Introduction to Natural Dyes

Workshops

Thanks for stopping by! Stay in touch as this page is updated with the Summer/ Autumn 2018 workshop schedule.

My goal at Fiber Farm is to provide a first hand glimpse of sustainable textile endeavors happening here on the Cumberland Plateau.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions!

(kacie@fiberfarm.net / 423.280.4004)

| If you would like to schedule a private or group workshop experience, let me know and we'll make something happen to suit your schedule. |

7.21.18- Introduction to Natural Dyes

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Natural Dye on Yarn-2.jpg
Natural Dye 10.14-4.jpg
Dye Setup w yarn.jpg
sumac oct 2018.jpg
Natural Dye Workshop Osage-3.jpg
Plant Power 2018 Block Print.jpg
Reunion Yarn Undyed-2.jpg
Natural Dye 10.14-2.jpg
Reunion Yarn Dyed.jpg
IMG_8891.jpg
Natural Dye 10.14.jpg
Screen shot 2015-10-01 at 10.24.48 PM.png
Osage Range-2.jpg
Handspun Yarn Dye_.jpg
Rachel Dye Master.jpg
Sumac + Iron.jpg
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Plant Power 2018 Block Print-2.jpg
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7.21.18- Introduction to Natural Dyes

125.00

Saturday, July 21, 2018

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CST

Materials : All yarn, fabric, and dyes are provided.

[ BONUS- each student will receive an 4 oz. package of Osage Orange Natural Dye Supply to take home for further study]

Lunch: Potluck Style. A sampling of food from local shops / bakeries will be available; please feel free to bring your favorite recipe to share.

 

Join us for an opportunity to learn how to add color to cloth + yarn using locally foraged natural dyes.

In this workshop you will learn the basics of harvesting a variety of local plants [Staghorn Sumac, Black Walnut, Osage Orange, + Pokeberry] and how to process them into usable dye. 

We will begin by learning how to prep the fabric using various mordants and scouring methods. I will have raw dye materials on hand as well as pre-prepared vats for a comparison on how time plays a large factor in this ancient artform. Once the dyes are prepped, we will use a variety of sample swatches [wool, alpaca, cotton, linen, silk, hemp] to see how the dye reacts differently on protein vs. cellulose fiber.

Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with different color combinations and will take home a booklet of fabric + fiber samples and an 4 oz. package of Osage Orange Natural Dye Supply for future color study.

I will also share tips on fabric and fiber sourcing, how to stretch your dye vats, and the best times of the year to be on the lookout for local dye materials.  Meet the alpaca and explore the farm after a light lunch.

If you have a small skein of yarn / swatch of fabric that you think is a good candidate for the dye vat, please feel free to bring it along to use as an example in our discussion. 

We will also explore the vast color range of these natural resources and experiment with their various reactions on protein (wool, silk, alpaca) vs. cellulose (cotton, linen, hemp) fibers.

The afternoon is set aside for block printing with natural inks, slow stitching, and embellishment using the sample fabric + fiber from the morning dye vats. Various samples of textile art + applique will be on display for inspiration, although creative exploration is always encouraged.

The location for this workshop is in the back yard of an old farmhouse, originally built in 1860. Weather Permitting, we will be working outside over an open fire, alongside a humble herd of curious critters.

**If Mother Nature has other plans in mind, we'll convene in the the lean-to by the barn and will heat our vats using hot plates while enjoying the rain on the tin roof.

Please join us as we continue to add to the rich history of this gathering space while enjoying the company of like minds and fresh ideas.

**Please wear clothing you don't mind to get dirty + smelling like a campfire. We will be spending time outside, weather permitting. I will be sure to send out an email a few days prior to this event to keep everyone up to date on our location plans in accordance to the weather.

*All are welcome, no previous experience is necessary

(Space is limited to 8 participants)

 

 

Please feel free to call or email with any questions-

kacie@fiberfarm.net / 423.280.4004

 

 

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