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Invasive Color: Using Invasive Species as Natural Dyes

Yarn dyed with amur maple
Yarn dyed with orange hawkweed
Invasive tansy plant
Invasive Japanese knotweed

Course Overview

Many of the plants which we now consider invasive species were brought to this country for a purpose. This workshop explores several invasive plants which can be used as natural dyes. There's no guilt about peeling off the bark or pulling up the whole plant to make these dye baths! Students will learn plant identification, a bit of natural history, and how to use these otherwise undesirable species to create beautiful colors. Experimentation will include the use of modifiers and mordants and several different methods for obtaining colors. Each student will go home with a minimum of 8 different dyed skeins, approximately 30 yards each.

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