Harvesting Colors with Iron
August 14, 2020 – 10am – 4pm – R A W Textiles studio – 8536 SE Stark – Portland, Oregon
Registration closes – August 13
This is a 6 hour class with a one hour break. All levels are welcome.
We will create dye baths with colors found in nature such as dandelion, marigold, and madder root. All of these plants can be easily obtained or grown in your garden. When we combine them with a simple mordant – Aluminum Sulfate or Alum the colors will become fast and bright on the fibers. When we combine them with Ferrous Sulfate salts or iron they will darken and change colors. Together we will mix and dip sample silks and cottons to witness these results. After this basic understanding we will then begin to layer colors with pattern using simple shibori methods. With only three colors you will discover a multitude of combinations.
If there is time we will begin to explore the idea of direct dyeing. This involves using dried plants that I have harvested to create a bundle of magic.
I will be providing the fabrics to create samples of these combinations. There will also be silk or cotton panels available to create a larger final piece that can become a scarf, table runner, altar cloth or whatever you want. On hand will also be gloves, and shibori supplies.
Please bring an apron, a large towel that can get dirty, pen, and note pad. You may also bring any small fabric project you have to dye.
We will be outside working for part of the day intermixed with studio time indoors. I have limited space to 5 people.
There will be light refreshments available, but please bring your own lunch for the break. You are welcome to stay or eat out during this break.