Natural Plant Dyes Workshop Series

Join us as we delve deeper into plant appreciation, this time the focus is on natural dyes. We will have eight sessions throughout the seasons, exploring different plants, colors, techniques and mordants. Not only will we be doing some dyeing, we will be learning about each plant's history, uses, native origin, botany, identification, etc. We might get into a little henna or body art with some of the colors or material. I hope to provide an edible from the plants we use in each session, no promise though. These sessions will be hands on with each participant taking home what they have dyed that day. On the last session we will meet and do a craft with all the colors we made through the year. How cool is that? Some craft ideas are a pot holder, rag rug, jewelry, etc. Chime in with more ideas. Also, if you are in possession of a particular skill you think could apply to some or any of this please check in and lets do some planning.

Plant material, mordants and gloves will be provided. Participants are asked to bring their own material to dye. Suggested materials are white/un-bleached old t-shirts, pillowcase or yarn made of cotton, wool, bamboo or hemp. Don't worry if you can not attend all sessions, we're hoping to have a voluntary material swap on craft day, so be sure to make friends.

Please let me know if you would like to help in the harvesting or are able to bring some plant material with you. As the date gets closer I will post what plants we will be using and colors to be dyed.

Time and dates:

Session times are 2:00 to 5:00, we might go longer with some materials.

April 26th @ Dewees Park, corner of Alhambra Ave & Harwood Ave, 21212

May 24th @ Dewees Park, corner of Alhambra Ave & Harwood Ave, 21212

June 28th @ Dewees Park, corner of Alhambra Ave & Harwood Ave, 21212

July 26th @ Dewees Park, corner of Alhambra Ave & Harwood Ave, 21212

August 23rd @ Dewees Park, corner of Alhambra Ave & Harwood Ave, 21212

September 27th @ Dewees Park, corner of Alhambra Ave & Harwood Ave, 21212

October 25th @ Dewees Park, corner of Alhambra Ave & Harwood Ave, 21212

November 22nd @ Moon Valley Farm1124 Greenway Road, Cockeysville MD 21030

This last session will be the craft day. We will not be doing any plant dyeing this time, just crafts. If you have a skill, (such as knitting, weaving, batik, etc.) you would like to share please let me know in advance so I can plan accordingly. We'd love to have a demonstration.


no pressure POT LUCK food share

suggested donation $5 - $10

Donations are to offset materials cost and time to harvest and process.

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  • Alex B.

    Any chance you can post a photo of the part of the dandelion root you've use for the dye? I'd like to try at home!

    May 24

    • Mangy White B.

      There is a "Plant Immersion Series" coming up. When we do roots & coffee we'll be using the root again.

      1 · May 24

    • Alex B.

      Thanks Eric.

      May 24

  • Mangy White B.

    We're about to go and get set up. Bringing a baby pool for the kids to splash around in. Might fry up some maple seeds!

    May 24

  • Alex B.

    Wish I could make it but I'm in New York! Have a great time please post photos of the results.

    May 24

  • Jamie k.

    Paige-We'll bring Everett this time. Maybe the kids need a splash pool or some other entertainment. Your thoughts?

    1 · May 15

  • A former member
    A former member

    Turns out I won't be able to make it today. Hopefully next time.

    May 24

  • Kristina

    Bummed I can't be there. :(

    May 20

  • Jamie k.

    So hey folks! This time we will be dying with dandelion root in hopes of a magenta color. We'll need to soak our fabrics in water with a touch of alum overnight. Alum is in the spice aisle of the grocery store, and looks like a can of baking powder. The grocery clerks don't know it is there though, so don't bother asking. Please let me know if you can't find it, and we'll figure out a way to get you some.

    May 15

  • Paige B.

    I am totally coming. Dorian will be working so just me and a toddler! (I accept this challenge!)

    April 26

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