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Natural Dye Retreat with Drop Forge & Tool (Hudson, NY)

Join us for a special day at Letterbox Farm Collective, just outside of the city of Hudson. We'll get a tour of the farm while we are there, forage in the fields and environs for some of our dyestuffs, and enjoy the magnificent view of the Catskills.

This open level workshop participants will learn two different ways to color cloth with natural dyes. We will create and experiment with three dye baths- avocado stones, onion skins, and a seasonal foraged pot. Students will also create a bundle dyed silk scarf using colorful flowers and other dyestuffs found on the farm!

We will go over choosing, preparing and mordanting textiles and how to extract color from natural dyestuffs. We will work with an array of textile swatches to see how different fibers take dyes. After dying is complete, we will play with modifiers to see how changing the pH of a dye can affect color. Everyone will leave with a swatch book, a bundle dyed scarf and the knowledge of how to start a natural dye project at home!

Supplies: All dye materials will be provided- we encourage students to bring a notebook to organize your swatches in.

Sustenance: Light snacks and delicious cool hydrating beverages will be provided. (If you anticipate needing a meal, we encourage you to bring it with you.)

Earlier Event: June 23
Hudson River Exchange Summer Market