August 20, 2022
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Many of the plants we now consider invasive species were brought to this country for a purpose. This workshop explores several invasive plants which can be used as natural dyes. There’s no guilt about peeling off the bark or pulling up the whole plant to make these dye baths!
You will learn plant identification, a bit of natural history, methods to prevent spread of invasive species, and how to use these otherwise undesirable species to create beautiful colors. Experimentation will include the use of modifiers and mordants and several different methods for obtaining colors. You will go home with a minimum of eight different dyed skeins, approximately 25 yards each. The instructor will provide yarn and all dye materials. Students should bring a plastic bag for samples.
Patient instruction and all required materials, including yarn and mordant (value $20). By the end of class, you will go home with eight 25-yard mini-skeins of wool, and the knowledge of how to make more.
You should bring…
Bring a bag to bring home your wet samples. Some folks also like to bring paper/pencil to take notes.
This class is for anyone.
Best for Ages…
13 years and older.
Venue: 239 McDonnell Rd
Classes at 239 McDonnell Road (on the northern end of Duluth) may take place outside, or in a detached, unheated garage. Bathroom facilities are a portable toilet.
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Pull into the driveway, and park as close to the garage as you can, leaving room for others to come and go.
For some classes, we will use a rough walking trail around the perimeter of the property: