This is a complementary class to Dyeing Plant Fibers and Dyeing Animal FIbers. It is helpful if the participant has already had at least one other dye class or has experience with some dyeing, but it is not mandatory. The class will cover an overview of materials used for natural dyes, but only a few dyes will be possible to use during a one day class. Mordants and how they affect the results of natural dyes will be covered first, and alum mordants will be used for quilt cotton and wool yarn. Then while mordants are in process, an indigo vat will be used for dyeing a cotton T shirt. In the afternoon, a couple of common, widely available natural dyes will be used for quilt cotton and wool yarns, including wild plants easily gathered. Participants will be able to take home a T shirt and cotton fabric or yarn they dyed.
Ellen Sakornbut is a fiber artist producing both fiber supplies (yarn and spinning/felting fiber) for other fiber artists as well as finished fiber art-to-wear and home goods. She has taught dyeing, felting, working with rare breed wool, and how to use vintage buttons in fiber art.