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

NYS Sheep & Wool Festival - Workshop Registration

Indigo Dyeing for Fiber Artists - SOLD OUT

Sunday, October 19, 2014

9:00 - 12:00

Instructor: Jackie Ottino-Graf

Class Fee: $100.00

Material Fee: $0.00

Maximum Class Size: 15

-1 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.



Dyeing with Indigo has a long history, dating back to at least 2500 BC.  There are many methods and techniques to using indigo, from fermenting your own plant stuff, reducing with urine and lots of other unpleasant steps.  We will not be experimenting with those methods in this class!   The method commonly used by production indigo dyers involves making a stock solution from powdered indigo.  Learn how to make a concentrated stock, and use it to add beautiful layers of blues to your fibers!  We will cover proper procedure for working with indigo, making stocks, how to “read” a vat and adjust it for proper dyeing conditions.  If time allows we will explore techniques such as gradient dyeing and basic shibori style resists.  

Please wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty, or bring an apron.  

Materials Information

You will also need a long pair of rubber gloves, such as dishwashing gloves.  Bring up to 1 pound of clean yarn, unspun fibers, fabric…anything you would like to dip in the vat!  Indigo also reacts wonderfully over previously dyed fibers, consider faded clothing or old ugly dye jobs.   

Workshop Instructor

Jackie Ottino Graf has been obsessed with fiber arts since  learning  to knit in high school home ec.  She works in the yarn industry more