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

NYS Sheep & Wool Festival - Workshop Registration

Art & Science of Natural Dyeing

Thursday, October 16, 2014

9:00 - 4:00

Instructor: Jane Woodhouse

Class Fee: $175.00

Material Fee: $0.00

Maximum Class Size: 20

2 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.

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One day intensive dye workshop using natural dye extracts.  We will begin with a short discussion of dye theory as it applies to both chemical and natural dyes.  Dye extracts will be mixed in a 1% equivalent stock solution for mixing colors. We will dye in a gradated series using 4-5 dye extracts and a natural ferment indigo vat to create a pallet of colors.   Students will produce approximately 75 color samples using both an alum mordant on wool or a wool/mohair blend yarn.  

Please note, these extracts have been developed for the commercial dye market and while relatively non-toxic are very colorfast.  Each student will receive a comprehensive dye notebook with workshop instructions as well as notes for working on your own to dye yarns.   Included in the notebook will be a set of dye samples produced in class.

Materials Information

 Materials to be supplied by teacher:  Yarn, Class notebook with instructional materials, Measuring equipment, liter pitchers, syringes, graduated cylinders, Dyes and mordants, Dye pots, Scales, and  Buckets

Bring to Class:  5 Mason Jars- Quart size- wide mouth, Rubber Gloves,  Scissors, Sharpie Marker, Masking tape, 2 gallons of distilled water     

Workshop Instructor

Jane has spent the last 36 years working as a production weaver. In 1991 she earned an MFA from San Francisco State University with a more