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    September 8, 2018 – Jane Woodhouse

Dyeing Silk Naturally

We will begin with a short discussion of dye theory as it applies to both chemical and natural dyes. Dye extracts will be mixed in a 1% equivalent stock solution for mixing colors. We will dye in a gradated series using 4-5 dye extracts and a natural ferment indigo vat to create a pallet of colors. Students will produce approximately 200 color samples. We will use a traditional alum mordant and a second set using an alternative alum/tannin based mordant. Samples will include bombyx, tussah and raw silk fiber contents.

Please note, these extracts have been developed for the commercial dye market and while relatively non-toxic are very colorfast. Each student will receive a comprehensive dye notebook with workshop instructions as well as notes for working on your own to dye yarns. Included in the notebook will be a set of dye samples produced in class. The instructor will provide most materials, but the students will need to bring good rubber gloves, scissors, waterproof sharpie marker, and either an apron or old clothing to work around dyes. Maximum registrants: 20 Level of experience : Beginning – Advanced dyers. Some familiarity with dye methods is helpful but not necessary. Workshop fee: $150. Materials Fee: $35

Instructor Bio: Jane has spent the last 37 years working as a production weaver. She holds a bachelor’s degree in clothing and textiles from Florida State University and went on to earn an MFA from San Francisco State University with a concentration in textiles. She currently lives in Peacham, VT on Brigid's Farm that is home to a herd of natural colored angora goats and dairy goats. Her on-farm studio specializes in natural dyeing practice and research. She teaches regularly in her studio. Her article Making Stock Solutions from Natural Dyes appeared in the Spring 2014 Color issue of Spin-Off Magazine. Teaching Experience: Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival, 2007-present, New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, 2012 – present, North Country Spinners, Fibre Fallout 2014,Northeast Handspinning Association, Gathering 2016, Vermont Technical College, Part-time Instructor, 2016 – 2017



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