Natural Dyes Workshop

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Natural Dyes Workshop
Saturday, May 12, 2018 9:30 AM
Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, Gradyville, PA
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  • Ticket Price: $30.00 - $35.00
  • Door Time: 9:15 AM
  • Show Type: Other
Mauve, the first synthetic fabric dye, was invented by accident in 1856.  Before that, all color in clothing and fabric came from natural sources - mainly roots, bark, leaves, flowers, minerals, and insects.  Come and learn about the history and usage of two of the most renowned dyes in the 18th century, cochineal and indigo.  Cochineal is an insect that lives in very small regions of the world.  It produces some of the strongest, most color-fast shades of pink and red and has a complicated and storied history.  The indigo plant has been used for over 6,000 years to produce beautiful shades of blue through a complex and magical chemical process.  The two dyes can be combined to produce shades of purple. Participants will learn how to prepare the dye pot as well as how to prepare the fibers for dyeing.  Each person will take home samples of yarn and fabric dyed in various shades as well as detailed instructions and a list of resources to continue experimenting with natural dyeing at home.

This workshop takes place from 9:30am to 12:00pm.  Ages 12 and up only.  Maximum of 10 participants allowed, so this class will fill up quickly!

Member fee is $30.00, $35.00 for non-members. Check out our website at to view membership levels and benefits throughout the year!

This workshop will be held at the Colonial Plantation; please use GPS address 3900 North Sandy Flash Drive, Newtown Square, PA 19073. Workshop will be held under cover but outdoors, so dress appropriately for the weather.