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11/2-4, 2018 Natural Dyer's Weekend in Gold Country

Where: BioHue Studio, 794 Chamberlain St., Placerville, CA

When: 11-3 each day, Nov 2-4th

Scour and Mordant Friday 1-3pm Mordant stations will be provided for protein and cellulose fibers. Instructions given, fibers labeled then the appropriate mordant applied. There is outdoor space for you to leave fibers to dry overnight. For best results mordant ahead of Sunday dye fest. I recommend mordanting a day or two before dyeing to insure optimal color saturation with most natural dyes. $10.

Indigo Saturday 11-3

Introduction and demonstration. Bring pre-washed fiber to dye. 3 techniques offered: Clamp and resist dyeing, shibori (stitching, tie dyeing) and dip dyeing to achieve various shades of blue. Clamps, blocks, twine, sticks and PVC pipe provided. $45.

Seasonal Sunday 11-3

Introduction and demonstration using seasonal, locally sourced materials— lichen, walnut hulls, elderberry, pokeberry and a few other surprises. Bring pre-washed and pre- mordanted fiber to dye $45.

More Options… All 3 days $85.

Want to dye more fiber? 2 lbs of fiber $60, 3 lbs $75. Prices for single day use. If you are unable to make Mordant Friday, you can do a quick mordant of your cellulose or protein fibers before class on Saturday or Sunday from 10-10:45 am for a $5 fee.

Contact Judi Pettite to sign up. 15 students each day max. Pay with Venmo or Paypal. judibiohue@gmail.com



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  • Mary Choy on

    I am a new member of Hangtown Fibers guild and saw this workshop weekend in the newsletter. It has been many years since I have done any dying, and even then it was very beginner experimenting with household mordants and dye materials (onion skins etc). Would I need more experience to benefit from your nov 2-4 weekend? I live in sac and would drive up there each day. I don’t currently have much spun fiber yarn, but hope to have some flax and some wool spun up by Nov 2 that I could bring. I am a knitter and have done massive amounts of sewing over the decades, but I don’t weave. In other words, I don’t have a stash of fiber or fabric that I’ve been making up with plans to dye. I just started some rug hooking with yarn, but want to get more into using dyed wool strips one day. I would hope to learn how to grow plants, and how to set up dying space, equipment, supplies and schedules to do some of my own projects in the future.
    Thanks. Mary


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