Naturally Dyeing Fabrics
Start experimenting with natural dyes in your own kitchen AND More To Come: Traditional Dyes in an Ever-Green Dyer's Group
Welcome to Become a Home Natural Dyer!!
How to Use the Teaching Platform
Materials & Gear you Need for this Workshop
Safety in the Dyer's Kitchen
Get your Fabrics Ready...
Making Iron Modifier Solutions
Keeping a Dye Journal
Inspiring Dye Journals
2 Major Classes of Natural Dyes
Dyes in the Kitchen - Overview
Dyeing in the Kitchen - Substantive Dye: Turmeric
Dyeing in the Kitchen - Fugitive Dye: Avocado Pits
Results: Avocado Pits
Results: Onion Skin
Dyeing in the Kitchen - Black Bean Water
Overview of Local Plant Dyes
Plant Identification for Dyers
Gathering Plant Material for Dyes Spring
How to Make your Natural Dyes with Different Plant Materials
Dyeing with Herbs (Soft-Stemmed Plants)
Results - Rosemary
Dyeing with Woody Plant Materials - Tips
Results: Several Evergreens
Results: Sagebrush (Idaho High Desert)
Q&A - Dandelion Root Dye
Overview of Dye Color Modifiers
Dye Color Modifiers
Are you a naturalist at heart with an affinity for sumptuous natural fabrics? Do you eagerly await the changing of the seasons? Are you looking to bring more of the natural world into your creative practice? Whether you're new to fiber arts, or a seasoned crafter looking to expand your skills, this workshop is for you.
The world abounds with color, natural color in the plants around us. Learn more about your local, natural sources of color. While natural dyeing is not difficult, most techniques are easier to learn in a Workshop, with someone who has experience and can show you the shortcuts, tips & tricks that come from years of dyeing.
“The pre-workshop materials were very comprehensive. It was great to have additional resources! Sarah’s teaching was very organized and concise with demonstrations. The class handouts were very helpful and the pace was great!”Paula
“I had the best time attending one of Sarah's dye workshops. Sarah is a great teacher, she explains things well and invites you to observe every part of the process. The loveliness of the workshop still lingers for me and has inspired me to continue incorporating dyeing into my life.”Brielle
“Sarah is a great teacher! Her instructions are clear, process well defined and creativity encouraged. I appreciated that I was able to create four lovely silk scarves during a one-day workshop - and that she provided written instructions and supply sources so that we could easily continue with our new skills at home. I’m looking forward to her online classes!”Kit
Sign Up for BOTH: Core Skills: Naturally Dyeing Fabrics + Fabric Preparation
You will need a stainless steel 4-6qt pot, a cooking spoon, a piece of 100% cotton, or a used white 100% cotton pillowcase.
The KIT has a piece of 100% silk Habotai for test pieces and small quantities of the following chemicals: Alum, Oak Gall Tannin, Soda Ash, Ferrous Sulfate and a special marking pen.
You will make many natural dyes, dye silk, and cotton test pieces, learn some local botany, create a Dye Journal & learn to Dye large pieces, & Traditional dyes!
NO problem! There are things to dye around you, all year PLUS there are things in the kitchen and floral waste that you can use. We won't be collecting outside until the Beginning of May, in any case.
They are as safe as making pickles, digging in your garden or cleaning the fireplace. We will keep our pot & spoon separate from out cooking pots for the duration of the Workshop. All of the chemicals we will use are common on the planet, we do have to be careful and keep some things away from children and pets, but is this any different from how we treat other things in our home? I will teach you safe storage and handling practices.
Sign up to join us for our May 12 Launch!
A KIT of selected materials needed for the Workshop,
Monthly live Zoom sessions,
Chat & community dye support and
Unlimited access to the course content.
Information on additional gear & materials needed for the Workshop will be available in post-registration materials.
Naturally Dyeing Fabrics Price