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Celebrate the Lake: Family Organic Indigo Dye & Fiber Workshop

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Course Overview

Join fiber artist and botanist Sarah Nassif to explore the magic of organic indigo to dye a variety of fibers in shades of blue. Using water from Lake Superior in the process, we will learn how water plays a role in fabric production traditionally and nowadays, and how this affects the health of bodies of water the world round. Try a variety of hands-on activities to get familiar with preparing new and recycled fibers to become cloth. Bundle and dye cloth to create beautiful repeated patterns using Japanese itajame resists. Take a turn at the SAORI loom and try hand sewing techniques. Take home your woven and dyed textiles to continue the family conversation. This class is open to even the littlest craftspeople since all ages can play with fibers!

We will walk through how to set up a mini-indigo vat at home (materials available at NHFS store).

Parents are welcome to bring 1-2 children ages 4+ for one tuition rate and should be prepared to learn alongside their kids in an open studio setting led by the artist. Children ages 12+ are welcome to attend on their own.


Sat, Oct 19th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 0.25 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner
Hours: 9am-12pm
Intergenerational age: 4+ w/ adult 12+ w/o adult
Tuition: $65.00
Materials fee: $20.00


You will need the following tools for this class:

Please dress for the weather as we will spend time inside and outside. Bring an apron or wear clothes can
can be stained with indigo.

Optional Tools

If you are a spinner or weaver, bring along your drop spindle or portable loom warped and ready to go. This is a great setting to engage your kids with your craft in a collaborative setting.

Natural fiber – new or recycled – to dye. Wool, linen, cotton fiber or cloth is best. We will dye small amounts for weaving and sewing, whole garments or sheets are too large to dye and will need to be cut up.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Sarah Nassif
Sarah Nassif
Minneapolis, MN

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Celebrate the Lake: Family Organic Indigo Dye & Fiber Workshop - AM session - 10/19/2019