Zero Waste Natural Dyeing
May
29
6:00 PM18:00

Zero Waste Natural Dyeing

Join me as we explore the unique art of natural dye – using kitchen scraps! I will show you how to create beautiful hues using plants and common kitchen ingredients. Learn basic dye techniques and discover how these plant-based dyes interact with a variety of textiles.

To provide a meaningful experience for all attendees, space is limited to 20.

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Bundle Dyeing with Colors from Nature
May
30
7:00 PM19:00

Bundle Dyeing with Colors from Nature

Make your own naturally dyed silk scarf with colors from nature. We can capture the gorgeous hues of the season and reflect them in our clothing. Join us as we create a naturally dyed silk scarf with colors from the kitchen and garden, just in time for colorful spring and summer outfit season. Please bring plants from your kitchen and gardens such as: eucalyptus, rose petals, turmeric, lavender, sage, marigolds, nettles, blueberries, mint, or other hues you would like to experiment with. 

This class is $20/person, $35/pair which includes a silk scarf.

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 Natural Bundle Dyeing with Plants plus bonus New Moon Woad seed planting!
Jun
1
10:00 AM10:00

Natural Bundle Dyeing with Plants plus bonus New Moon Woad seed planting!

Join me in making your own naturally dyed silk scarf with colors from the kitchen and garden. We can capture the gorgeous hues of the season and reflect them in our clothing, just in time for the colorful spring and summer season.

Bring any plants you may have from your kitchen and gardens such as: eucalyptus, hibiscus, rose petals, turmeric, lavender, sage, marigolds, nettles, blueberries, mint, or other hues you would like to experiment with, and we will forage the land at Bluebird Hill Homestead to look for natural dye plants as well!

Bonus session will be broadcasting Woad seeds together as we cultivate local indigo right here in our own fibershed!

(Bring any plants you have listed above, all other materials provided)


$35

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Zero-Waste Natural Bundle Dyeing
Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

Zero-Waste Natural Bundle Dyeing

Join us as we explore the art of growing, harvesting, and dyeing with plants grown here in Minnesota. You'll learn how to process plants and flowers from the forest, prairies, and your own gardens to create beautiful hues through bundle dyeing. We will create two silk scarves that are tinted with colors from our natural landscape that you can leave the workshop wearing!

Level and Prerequisite

Beginning: No prior experience necessary - just an interest in natural dyeing and a love for plants!


Materials Fee

A $10 materials fee is payable to the instructor for fabrics, mordants, and handouts.

Tuition

$36 WGM Member / $45 Non-Member

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Natural Dye + Sewing Workshop
Apr
6
to Apr 13

Natural Dye + Sewing Workshop

Join us as we explore the unique art of naturally dyeing with plants and complete a simple sewing project. In the first session, you will learn how to process plants and flowers from the forest, prairies, your own gardens, and even your kitchens to create beautiful hues. Learn basic dye techniques and discover how these plant-based dyes interact with a variety of textiles. By the end of day one, you will have learned the basic techniques of making dye and creating beautiful and botanical hues from plants.

In the second session, take your dyed fabrics and turn them into a beautiful patchwork pillow cover. During this class, you will learn simple sewing techniques: sewing straight seams, cutting and piecing fabrics to create a beautiful envelope-closure pillow cover for a standard sized pillow (not included). This is a great opportunity to learn or refresh your sewing skills.

Fabric will be provided and are included in the cost of the workshop.


About the instructors: Libby London has a background in cold climate permaculture farming, cooperative sustainable farming, and natural dyeing. She currently runs a natural dye business called Northern Dyer where she grows and forages for natural dye plants, teaches workshops, researches dye plants for our region in Minnesota, and runs a custom dye lab.   

Laura Brown is a printmaker, book artist, teacher, a life-long sewist, and color enthusiast. She holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin, and teaches at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts and Augsburg University. She runs an art studio, CHEER!, where she hosts workshops, events, and shares space and resources with artists.

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Minnesota Grown Color: Introduction to Natural Dyes
Sep
15
9:00 AM09:00

Minnesota Grown Color: Introduction to Natural Dyes

Join us as we explore the art of growing, harvesting, and dyeing with plants grown here in Minnesota. Locally grown fiber and dye is gaining popularity as a skill, and you’ll learn how to process plants and flowers from the forest, prairies, and your own gardens to create beautiful hues. By the end of class you’ll have learned the basic techniques of cultivating your own natural dye garden and making dye from it.

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Introduction to Organic Indigo Dyeing
Apr
14
12:00 PM12:00

Introduction to Organic Indigo Dyeing

Join us for an introduction to making an organic indigo vat with lime and fructose. We will go over basic indigo dip dyeing techniques as well as shibori. Please bring .5 oz of fiber to test out dyeing with (100% cotton, linen, wool, or silk), or, test out dyeing small wood pieces since we will be at the Women's Wood Workshop! Dress in clothes that can get messy.

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MINNESOTAN GROWN COLOR: INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL DYE
Sep
16
12:00 PM12:00

MINNESOTAN GROWN COLOR: INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL DYE

Join us as we explore the art of growing, harvesting, and dyeing with plants grown here in Minnesota. You’ll learn how to process plants and flowers from the forest, prairies, and your own gardens to create beautiful hues. By the end of class you’ll have learned the basic techniques of making dye from a couple of plants available in Minnesota this fall. Participants will need to bring two to three different 100% natural fibers to dye (linen, silk, wool, cotton), that weigh no more than 8 oz all together. Fibers can be purchased at a fabric or craft store. Suggested donation is $10.00. Space is limited! To RSVP, email Andrea at andrea.e@tinydiner.com.

Instructor Information: Combining her training as a papermaker and book artist, and sustainable gardener and designer, Libby London uses and grows plants for natural dye and fiber. She grows and harvests dye plants in sustainable and ethical ways. Researching and experimenting with drought tolerant and resilient native plants for fiber and dye is important to her in the face of a changing climate and landscape. 

 

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