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PO Box 414
Tracy City, TN 37387
USA

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

11.11- Introduction to Natural Dyes

Workshops

Welcome! I am excited to share a variety of workshop offerings in 2017.  Click the links below for more details and secure your spot at a variety of sustainable textile workshops happening at the Farm.

Please don't hesitate to send me an email or give me a ring 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. |

Keep in touch as this page is constantly being updated with new learning opportunities.

11.11- Introduction to Natural Dyes

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11.11- Introduction to Natural Dyes

125.00

Saturday, November 11, 2017

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CST

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

[ BONUS- each student will receive an 8 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. Weather permitting, we will be working outside over an open fire, alongside a humble herd of curious critters.

In this workshop you will learn the basics of harvesting a variety of local plants [staghorn sumac, black walnut, pokeberry, and osage orange] 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 8 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.

You will go home with your dye sampler booklet 8 oz. of Osage Orange wood chips, and a printout with an overview of the process.

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. 

The location for this workshop is in the back yard of an old farmhouse, originally built in 1860. We'll be brewing up a few colorful potions over an open fire, weather permitting. If Mother Nature has other plans in mind, we'll bounce between the vats in the garage and the warmth of an open fire in the front room. 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. Come prepared to be outside most of the time, weather permitting.

(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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