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MAY 6 & 7 Natural Dye Weekend

  • Oil and Cotton 817 W. Davis St. #110 Dallas, TX 75208 USA (map)

from 140.00

Date: Saturday , May 6,  2-6pm & Sunday, May, 7  2-5pm
Location: 817 W. Davis Street #110
 Instructor: Sarita Westrup

During this two-day workshop we will experiment dyeing with indigo, cochineal, and marigold to receive the full spectrum of natural color on cotton & silk. All participants will learn the basics of natural dyes, how to extract color, what are mordants and tannins, and how to use them to prep cotton for the dye bath. Every one will leave with a collection of swatches in a rainbow of colors and small explorations to fill their dye book. 

* Students are welcomed to bring any additional cotton cloth to dye. Please be prepared to bring all cloth on day one of the workshop.  

DAY ONE: Organic Indigo BLUE + clay RESIST
Date: Saturday, May 6,  2-6pm
Participants will learn how to make an organic indigo vat from scratch using indigo, fructose, and lime. Titled the sugar vat, this indigo recipe produces beautiful blues on cellulose and protein fibers. All participants will experiment tying and dyeing techniques as well as how to mix a clay resist paste that can be painted on fabric to prevent indigo dye from penetrating designed areas. Students will also learn how to tannin and mordant fibers so cloth will be ready to paint and dye for day two. 

DAY TWO: Printing on Cotton
Cochineal RED + Marigold YELLOW
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2-5pm
Participants will explore the process of preparing dried cochineal bugs and marigold flowers for the dye bath to receive beautiful reds, pinks, purples, yellows, and greens on cotton. Students will learn how to create painted and stamped patterns on cotton using thickened mordants.


*Bring a friend and receive a 10% discount. If you'd like to bring a group please call or email for discounted rates.



Earlier Event: June 25
June 25 Bundle Dyeing
Later Event: June 11
June 11 Eco Printing