Silk Dyeing using Natural Dye Extracts • Instructor: Donna Brown September 26, 2015 • 10am – 5pm • $125 plus materials • Call to register Natural dye extracts are very popular due to their safety, ease of use, and environmentally friendly characteristics. Because extracts completely dissolve in water they are quick and easy to use and can combine to make complex colors producing a vibrant color palette. This workshop will explore the natural dyeing process using silk fabrics. Circle nature’s color wheel and dye a range of colors from yellow, orange, red, violet, and green. You will learn the easy steps for successful immersion dyeing from preparing the fabric, mordanting, weighing the dyes, and preparing the dye pot. Take home complete instructions and a swatch skein set representing a full spectrum of colors. What to bring: This is a hands-on dye class so dress appropriately – an apron is helpful. Please wear close toed shoes and bring heavy gloves to protect your hands from the hot dye pots.
About the Instructor
Donna Brown is a fiber artist with degrees in Textile Chemistry, and Clothing and Textiles.
A teacher of natural dyeing using extracts, she is natural dye sales representative and ongoing natural dye instructor for Table Rock Llamas and Fiber Arts Studio, in Black Forest, Colorado. She is also the natural dye instructor for Recycled Lamb and custom production natural dyer for Treenway Silks in Colorado.
Teaching across the United States – in venues such as Penland School of Craft; John C. Campbell Folk School; fiber festivals including the Estes Park Wool festival; Taos Wool Festival; 2003 Surface Design Association conference; and 2002 Color Congress – Donna loves to share her knowledge and passion for natural dyes. She enjoys dyeing, sewing, weaving and spinning.