Lesser Known Natural Dyes
This class will explore the history, modern uses and chemistry of Quercitron (Black Oak), Osage Orange, Quebracho Red, Lac, Butternut, Logwood, Fustic, and Safflower. Though less known than indigo and cochineal, these dyes are just as fascinating.
Although natural dyes can be used on a variety of materials including paper and reeds for basketry, we will be dyeing 100% wool yarn samples in class. Each student will be given a small skein to include in their dye notebook. Participants are encouraged to bring small samples of their own art medium (cotton, reed, other types of animal fibers) to drop into dye pots.
Students may bring milk jugs or jars if they desire to take home remaining exhaust baths. Students should wear older clothing and/or aprons.