Join Tammy White this summer to enhance your appreciation for the natural world for a half-day of dyeing at Wing & A Prayer Farm. You will learn sustainable methods including different mordanting recipes, and experience natural dyeing with Wing & A Prayer Farm yarns using locally foraged materials for rich, natural colors.
Arrive at noon if you want to have time to unwind, picnic or stroll before we start at 12:30 to learn about fiber preparation and a short background in natural dye materials. We will begin making our own dyebaths and process our fiber and materials. The pace will be relaxed and there will be a chance to try a variety of colors.
Sunday July 31st 12:30 – 4:00
Materials – All of the mordant and dye stuffs, in addition to 2 100-gram skeins of Mohair/Cotswold/Merino yarn from Wing & A Prayer Farm’s flocks + 1 yard of dyeable textile, are provided. Students will also receive a handout with information about common native dye plants plus recipes and procedures & recommended resource list to work with at home. Please bring a pair of durable gloves, such as those you would clean with, and an apron or smock to protect your clothing. We will be taking a short walk to study foraging materials in the wild, so wear appropriate footwear. Additional materials are available for purchase in the Little Fox Fiber Shop at the farm.
*includes $60 materials fee
Before 1856, colors in fibers and paints came from natural sources. Natural dyeing teaches you to discover the range of shades from numerous sources in everyday plant materials. In the garden, for instance, marigold, dahlia & calendula will give a range of oranges, golds, yellows, and greens. In the field, nettles and goldenrod will share greens and yellows, blackberries give a range of purples and blues. From the woods we can find pink in the birch or soft shades of brown and mauve in lichens.
You will learn how to prepare your fiber, your mordant and dye baths and step-by-step, ready the materials and extract color, then dye your fiber and discuss after-care. You will depart with fiber from the flocks that surround you that has been hued with renewable resources without compromising the integrity of your yarn.
The pace of the workshop is steady and relaxed, as there is no rushing natural dyeing. We will ensure you have plenty of time to learn without becoming overwhelmed if you are new to dyeing, or ask questions and explore if you come with some background in dyeing.
Tammy White is a shepherdess on Wing & A Prayer Farm in Southern Vermont where she raises various fiber flocks and herds to cultivate breed-specific farm yarns. In addition to caring for the farm of 50+ sheep, 6 alpacas, 12 angora goats and more, she dyes her own yarn with color from nature using plant matter in her surrounds and natural dye extracts. She has over 30 years of experience as an educator and she regularly shares at workshops and farm tours.
An increased interest in using what is at hand has been the foundation of Tammy’s dyeing knowledge. Her approach is a combination of experience and education. Utilizing both precision and intuition to get the most of out of the natural dye process helps her to render reliable colors, with fastness, on her beloved flocks’ fiber.
Email Tammy at email@example.com to register and pay. This class is limited to 8 participants.