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Natural Dyeing with Natural Material Extracts (wool and protein fibers)

February 22, 2017 - February 23, 2017


This class is a two-day intensive dye workshop using natural dye extracts. We will begin the class preparing the yarn with a mordant bath using alum. This will follow with a short discussion of dye theory as it applies to both chemical and natural dyes. The instructor will demonstrate mixing the extracts in a 1% equivalent stock solution for mixing colors. We will dye in a gradated series using 5-6 dye extracts to create a pallet of colors. Students will produce approximately 80 color samples on wool or a wool/mohair blend yarn.

9 am. to 4 pm. both days

Please note, these extracts have been developed for the commercial dye market and while relatively non-toxic are very colorfast. Students will have an opportunity to prepare the cotton yarn in class moving from scour to mordant to dye bath. 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.

To register for the course please visit or contact Molly Willard at or 802.535.5315.


February 22, 2017
February 23, 2017


VT Technical College, Norwich Farm
723 Turnpike Road
Norwich, 05055 United States


Jane Woodhouse
(802) 592-3062