The Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Ave.
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

NYS Sheep & Wool Festival - Workshop Registration

Colors of Autumn: Local Plant Dyes on Silk and Wool - SOLD OUT

Saturday, October 21, 2017

10:00 - 5:00

Instructor: Katie Grove

Class Fee: $140.00

Material Fee: $0.00

Maximum Class Size: 10

0 Seats Available

About Seat Availability: The availability shown above does NOT A GUARANTEE that an actual seat is available to be purchased. Each registration will be verified after your purchase and if an over sale of seats occurs you will be notified and the price of the over sold seat will be refunded in it's entirety.

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You don’t have to go further than the fields, forests and gardens in your own backyard to find plants to make a rainbow of natural dyes with.

In this workshop you will learn how to use locally available flowers, berries, barks, and more to create bright, lasting colors on both silk and wool. We will cover all the basics of natural dyes, including mordants, fiber preparation, creating the dye bath, overdyeing, and use of color modifiers. W
e will be using and processing actual locally gathered plants, not pre-made powders. 

During the workshop we will first process materials and prepare several dye baths using seasonally available plants including goldenrod, black walnut, elderberry, and more. While the baths are brewing, we will mordant the wool and prepare patterns on the silk using several shibori techniques, which consist of sewing, tying, knotting, and wrapping.

Participants will have the opportunity to dye their silk scarves and skein of wool yarn in the dye baths of their choice and will also receive a sample from each dye bath to add to recipe cards. Throughout the workshop there will be be discussion on locating and sustainably harvesting dye plans as well as how to continue making your own dyes at home 

Students will leave with shibori dyed silk scarves, a skein of dyed wool, samples of each color, detailed handouts on how to make plant dyes at home, and the inspiration to explore their local landscape.
You'll be sitting and standing throughout the workshop and your hands will be in and out of water through the process.

Level of experience : All levels. Beginners welcome. 

Please email the instructor with questions at

Materials Information

There is a $25 material fee included in your registration fee.

Materials Provided by Instructor: 2 silk scarves, sample fabrics and yarns, dye note cards with recipes

Materials Provided by Student:  Notebook , four ounces of 100% wool yarn of your choice. (Or one skein), protective clothing
 because the dye process is fun, but can be messy, so wear work clothes or bring an apron just in case.

Homework: None

Workshop Instructor

Going out onto the land, harvesting materials from nature, and weaving a basket is Katie Grove’s idea of a perfect day. She is a more