Natural Dyes

  • June 17, 2018
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm

We will experiment with natural dye materials you can find in your own back yard and garden, learn how to prepare different dyes, and learn how to use modifiers to expand the range of colors.

Natural Dyes Class

In this class, you will learn how to find, and how to use local sources of natural dyes including goldenrod, hollyhocks, mushrooms, lichens, and more!


You will learn the basics of processing natural dyes, how to ethically collect natural dye materials, and go home with sample skeins of yarn you dyed.

Registration Includes

Instruction, merino wool yarn, mordants, and dye materials.

Skill Level

This class is for any skill level.

Best for Ages…

13 and older.

You should bring…

Bring an apron, or wear clothes you don’t mind getting stained.



1917 W Superior St, Duluth, Minnesota, 55806, United States


Our main campus is:

Duluth Folk School
1917 W. Superior St.
Duluth, MN  55806


  1. I hope the natural dyes class will be offered again. I would love to have hands-on learning but I’m not available this date.

  2. We definitely will. The instructor is also working on other, similar class ideas as well, so hopefully we’ll have something for you soon. Thanks!

  3. Lorna Koestner

    I’ve played around with dying cotton fabric using materials and mordants that I have around the house, and I’ve read that cotton reacts differently from wool to the processes involved. Could this be a possible class, perhaps? Thank you!

  4. I Would love to discuss doing a class on cold process soap making! I am a soap and candle maker with 25 years experience. This could be an all natural product made with essential oils and natural herbs/colorants.

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