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

NYS Sheep & Wool Festival - Workshop Registration

Dyeing Cotton Naturally - SOLD OUT

Thursday, October 19, 2017

9:00 - 4:00

Instructor: Jane Woodhouse

Class Fee: $145.00

Material Fee: $0.00

Maximum Class Size: 22

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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Contrary to popular belief, dyeing cotton and other plant fibers with natural dyes is not a labor intensive process with mediocre results.  Instead, new developments in scouring and fiber preparation have replaced the traditional 3 day mordanting process of cotton fibers.  The result is better dye uptake and wonderfully saturated colors.  Additionally this process can be applied to other cellulose fibers with similar results.

We will begin with a thorough discussion of dye theory as it applies to both synthetic and natural dyes.  Dye extracts will be made in 1% “equivalent” stock solutions for mixing colors. We will dye in color gradations using a variety of extracts, modifiers and a natural ferment indigo vat to create a pallet of colors.   Students will produce approximately 115 color samples using the alternative alum acetate mordant, a tannin based mordant, and an iron modifier.  Please note, these extracts have been developed for the commercial dye market and while relatively non-toxic are very colorfast.

Each student will receive a comprehensive dye notebook with workshop instructions as well as notes for working on your own to dye yarns.   Included in the notebook will be a set of dye samples produced in class.

Level of experience:  Beginning – Advanced natural dyers.  Some familiarity with dye methods is helpful.

Questions for Jane?  Email

Materials Information

There is a $23 material fee included in the price of the workshop.

Materials Provided by Instructor: Yarn, Class notebook with instructional materials, Measuring equipment, liter pitchers, syringes, graduated cylinders, Dyes and mordants, Misc. supplies- tape, Dye pots, Scales, Buckets, Mason jars, 4 Hotplates  

Materials provided by Student: Good rubber gloves, Scissors, Sharpie Marker  (must be waterproof)

Homework:  Instructor will send out a bibliography, an article plus additional notes 1 month prior to class.  After that as students register.

Workshop Instructor

Jane has spent the last 36 years working as a production weaver. In 1991 she earned an MFA from San Francisco State University with a more