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In Search of Color: Winter Natural Dye Workshop

Spend a winter weekend generating golden hues with natural dyes. We will explore plant materials from garden and field, how to extract the dye and how to create our own dye pot. Yes, it's February, and nothing is blooming right now, so, just how are we going to do this?  Many dye plants can be frozen or dried, and these are what we will use.  We will also use some extracts made from dyes to which we don't have access, such as Fustic and Quebracho Yellow. This class will cover some of the long history of natural dyes, the color possibilities they offer, mordanting techniques, extraction process, dyeing methods, and some color theory.  With so many dye plants readily available, and most of them giving a variety of yellows, this class will concentrate not only on these yellows, but on the variety of greens and oranges which can be produced by over-dyeing with madder and indigo. Students will take home many samples, instructions, and knowledge of how to dye from nature on their own.  Students who are interested may register for just one day of this course for a reduced tuition rate—call for details.


New! Wed, Feb 15, 2017 - Thu, Feb 16, 2017
(Early bird tuition deadline: 01/04/17)

Course Details

Length in days:


$170.00 per student (Regular rate)
$150.00 per student (Early-bird rate)


Beginner to Advanced

Age with adult:

* The Feb 15, 2017 course is part of the Northern Fiber Retreat event

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You will need the following tools for this class:

  1. apron
  2. rubber gloves
  3. several old towels
  4. paper towels
  5. plastic baggies
  6. calculator
  7. pen
  8. paper
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.
Stefania Isaacson Stefania Isaacson

 Stefania has been a life-long knitter, and started spinning and dying to supply herself with the best yarns in the world! She got her Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning from the Handweaver’s Guild of America in 1997. Since then she has opened her own business called Handspun by Stefania and taught numerous workshops dealing in natural dyes, spinning and basket making. She has spoken about the fiber arts to numerous groups, and has appeared on Home & Garden TV as a guest on the Carol Duvall Show. She sells handspun, natural hand dyed yarns, original knitting kits using her own yarns and patterns, hand dyed roving dyed with natural dyes, and handmade baskets. She was previously a high school English teacher, and now enjoys teaching spinning, dyeing, and knitting to fiber enthusiasts. Most recently, Stefania has authored a book on natural dyes called In Search of the Perfect Green–and Orange, Too!

More about Stefania Isaacson
In Search of Color: Winter Natural Dye Workshop

In Search of Color: Winter Natural Dye Workshop