9/28/19 Easy Natural Dye & Shibori

9/28/19 Easy Natural Dye & Shibori

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At noon in our Raleigh, North Carolina studio, join us for a fun and easy natural dye workshop. I will have three dye baths prepared, yellow, blue, and terracotta red, made from onion peels and turmeric, indigo, and madder root respectively. I will run through how these go from leaf or root to dyestuff, and we’ll spend most of the class focusing on dying whatever items students would like to bring (must be smaller than a tablecloth), or a scarf you can purchase with your ticket.

This will be mostly outdoors or on a screened-in porch, so if you need to, be prepared with bug spray or sunscreen, although it's a fairly shaded area. There will be water available at all times.

Please read below the image to learn more about what to do ahead of time and what will happen at the workshop.

This class will last approximately two hours. You will take home your fabric wet in a plastic bag to dry at home.
Please wear clothing that you don't mind getting stained, or wear an apron.
Feel free to invite friends.
Feel free to ask questions on the Facebook event page.
A ticket will need to be purchased to reserve your place in the workshop to cover materials fees.

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Things to Know Before the Event

  1. The amount of time the item spends in the dye changes the intensity of the color, so you can get quite a variety. If you want less saturated color, put it in the dye for less time, and wash it out sooner.

  2. Due to the size of the containers, some people may have to dye one at a time, especially for larger items such as pants, dresses, hoodies/jackets, or large scarves/swaths of cloth.

  3. Ideal options for things to dye during this workshop would be skeins of yarn, washed fabric yardage/swatches, scarves, napkins, shirts, skirts, or pillowcases.

  4. Natural fibers will work best. Synthetic fibers will not take the dye. If there are synthetic fibers blended in, if they are a lower percentage than the natural fibers, it can still work alright, but will not be as dark, as the synthetic fibers will not take the dye. Look for cotton, wool, linen, rayon, viscose, bamboo, modal, or silk as your protein-based and cellulose-based fibers.

  5. There are lots of very time-consuming methods of shibori and resist dying. If you’re interested, do a little research online of some methods such as those involving stitching the fabric or tying the fabric many times so that you can prepare your fabric ahead of time. We will be doing some less time-consuming methods such as arashi, but you may also bring your own items to use as resists such as wood blocks or clamps.

How to Prepare Your Item for Dye

Many fabrics and soft products are treated with all kinds of chemicals to produce different effects in the goods — these could be brighteners, softeners, sizing agents, or fragrances, for example. These treatments can make it difficult for the fabric to absorb the dye, and the dye won’t be as effective at binding with the fibers for long-lasting color. You can “scour” your item in different ways depending on the type of fiber. For cellulosic fibers such as cotton and linen, you can use a mild detergent with no scents, brighteners, or softeners for a very basic clean, or alternatively, dish soap (that’s also free of these treatments). Synthrapol or Prosopol are the ideal soaps for cleaning this, but I don’t expect to see it in the house of someone who’s not a dyer. Ideally, use these with hot water over a stove, but your dye will also look decent if you wash your items on hot in the washing machine. Scouring is for getting the best results, so it’s not necessary, just very helpful. You can also often buy items that are marked “PFD” or “prepared for dye” on many websites and in dye supply shops.

Want to learn more? This site does a great job explaining basic scouring for cellulosic and protein fibers: https://botanicalcolors.com/how-to-scour/

Optional Cotton Scarf Add-On

What will your cotton gauze scarf look like if you purchase one?

  • Approx. 10” x 60”

  • Raw edges

  • Transparent flowy soft and textured cotton gauze

  • Prepared for dye

Please select this option from the drop-down menu if you would like this included in your class materials.

Where to find us:
Cottonbook Studio is located at 3441 Leonard St, Raleigh, NC 27607