Natural Dyeing Full Weekend Special

Double day dyeing extravaganza! Attend both the Saturday and Sunday natural dye workshops for a discounted price. There is little repeat between the two days as Saturday we focus on creating our own dyes from the garden while on Sunday we delve into the magical world of Madder and Indigo. Immerse yourself in the world of creating colour for the weekend!

Breakfast, lunch, fruit and beverages provided throughout the day.

All materials included. Wool yarn is sourced from Steele Wool Farms, Blyth.

Space is limited so register early!

Where: Picnic Shelter in the Lion’s Park, 308 Gypsy Lane in Blyth
When: September 19th & 20th, 10am to 5pm Rain or Shine
Workshop Cost: $270 lunches and all materials provided

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Kathy White

The workshops are lead by Jennifer Triemstra-Johnston, the director of FACTS. Jennifer has been dyeing professionally for over 25 years and started working with natural dyes in 2006.

Saturday September 19th – The Dyer’s Garden
Our day will start with coffee, tea, baked goods and an introduction into natural dyeing and the use of plants and alum to elicit colour. During the discussion, yarn supplied by the local Steele Wool Farm and various fabrics will be prepped for the dyeing process. The FACTS dye gardens are currently housed at a nearby private garden. We will explore the garden, discussing dye plants that grow easily in Ontario and harvest blooms and foliage for our experimentation. Dyes baths will be created out of the different dye stuff collected. After a picnic lunch prepared by Cait’s Cafe, the dyeing will begin! Once the wool has been dyed, we will play with modifiers to create even more beautiful colours. By the end of the day, participants will have an array of coloured yarn that they can use in their own projects.

Sunday September 20th – Dyeing with Madder & Indigo
Madder and Indigo have been used to dye fibres, yarn and textile for thousands of years and are some of the most intriguing natural dyes to work with. Join us for this exciting natural dye workshop where we explore working with not only concentrated dye extracts, but fresh madder root and indigo leaves from the FACTS dye garden. Fresh indigo can be processed through hot and cold dye baths to create aqua blues, while the extracted dye pigment can produce depths of deep blue. The red dye created from the madder plant come from the roots and can be used both fresh and dried. Indigo and Madder dyes can be used to create a huge range of colours when combined with mordants, modifiers and over dyeing.
Become a creative natural dye chemist for the day as we play with all of the processes involved with madder and indigo. We will be using both wool yarn and silk samples in our experiments.
At the end of the day you will leave with an array of wool yarns and silk samples that can be used in personal projects.

Breakfast, lunch, fruit and beverages provided throughout the day.

All materials included. Wool yarn is sourced from Steele Wool Farms, Blyth.

Space is limited so register early!

Where: Picnic Shelter in the Lion’s Park, 308 Gypsy Lane in Blyth
When: September 19th & 20th, 10am to 5pm Rain or Shine
Workshop Cost: $270 lunches and all materials provided

 

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