Dyeing Cotton with Natural Dyes-October 2017-FULL!

October 26, 2017 9:00 am
October 27, 2017 4:00 pm
Tucson, AZ, United States

dyeing1Dyeing Cotton with Natural Dyes

This workshop is FULL. Wait list is open. To add your name to the list contact Maddie at workshops@thsg.org

Instructor:  Ric Rao
Date:  Thursday & Friday, October 26 & 27, 2017
Location:  Private Home.  Directions will be provided to participants.
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $157 for THSG members; $187 for nonmembers
*Supported by a generous grant from the Kathy Dalrymple Memorial Fund

Materials Fee: $25

Level: All levels welcome

Maximum # of students: 10

Instructor Information:  Ric Rao is a southwestern treasure.  His experience with and knowledge of natural dyes and dyeing procedures is legendary.  He teaches frequently in our area, consults with museums, and writes for spinning magazines, including PLY.  

Workshop Description:  This workshop will focus exclusively on dyeing cotton.  Day one will be working with cosmos, madder, osage orange, black walnuts, and marigolds in the morning.  The late afternoon will be working with resist techniques such as shibori wrapping, tying and stitching to prepare for day two.  Day two will focus on dyeing indigo: one in an organic vat based on Michel Garcia’s 1-2-3 Fructose Vat and the other with a pre-reduced natural indigo and only soda ash and thiox for the reducing agents.  Students will be able to compare the different blues from each vat.  We will work with portable butane stoves with water provided by the Guild.  Students will be instructed on scouring and mordanting the cotton for this workshop before the workshop dates.  Having the cotton prepared before the workshop will allow more time for demonstration and discussion during the two-day workshop.  As of posting, each student will be allowed a maximum amount of cotton of 9 – 10 ounces, some of which may be put into the indigo vats.  Yard good are permitted though not encouraged – they weigh more and are difficult to dye evenly. 

Materials and Supplies: Lists will be supplied to participants well before the workshop start date. 

Registration opens to THSG Members: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the general meeting.  Online registrations begin after 2 p.m.

Registration opens to Nonmembers:  Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

Participants may register at the monthly meeting, electronically from the website using PayPal, or by snail mail to THSG Workshops, PO Box 65413, Tucson, AZ  85728.  Direct any questions to Maddie at workshops@thsg.org.