Eco Printing And Natural Dyeing
(Jun 14 - 16 or Sep 3 -5, 2019)


Learn how to use a wild assortment of natural and easily found materials to make marks and colours on fabric.  We'll focus on two primary means of using dyestuffs to create colour:  eco prints to create bursts of colour and dye pots to colour large swaths of cloth.


Eco Prints - Want to capture the glorious bounty of summer?  We will explore different ways to draw the dyestuff out of leaves and flowers and other natural materials to print directly on silk, cotton, and paper using a variety of mordants. The results are surprising and magical, and the possibilities endless. We will also explore different treatments of the resulting prints.

Dye Pots - Learn how to use rust, tannin, and indigo to create your own dyed fabrics.  Delve into marigold, sumac, onion, goldenrod, rhubarb... the possibilities are endless.  Learn to recognize and use many of the dyestuffs we find around us - on roadsides and fields, in our gardens and in our kitchens. Using recycled cotton, we will explore resists, mordants, and the secrets to dyeing with natural materials.  Bring home a set of samples to remind you of the techniques and to use in your own practice.   

This retreat is of particular interest to textile artists, including quilters, fashion designers, and printmakers.

Cost: This retreat costs $290 and includes all materials, meals, activities, and instruction. 



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