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.

RAIN DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED IF NEEDED

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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  • Jamie k.

    If I were to choose nettle again, I would have everyone soak in Alum overnight to improve the color and effect. Next session I'm shooting for a brighter, sexier color choice. I'll let you all know in a coupla days.

    April 28

    • Carol N.

      where does one get alum. is it good for other natural dyes?

      May 2

  • Carol N.

    Hey, MWB, how do we upload pics to comments

    April 28

  • Jamie k.

    Hi All! Thanks so much for coming out Saturday. I'm interested in how your materials turned out. My pillowcase came out greenish/yellow/khaki, but a bit blotchy. The material was a cotton blend.

    April 28

  • Carol N.

    Anyone wask n reuse litter again for kitty?

    April 28

  • Carol N.

    Friends say use salt as fixent.

    April 28

  • Carol N.

    my shirt has blotches cause I left it squnched up in wet bag over nite. next time lie it flat?

    April 28

  • Carol N.

    Any ideas on how to wash or reuse cat litter to reduce waste in the environment.

    April 28

    • Mangy White B.

      You could use it in a garden bed that is too sandy or too loose. It could be thrown into a hugelbed if you know anyone building one. If you know anyone that hot compost they could throw it all in there.

      1 · April 28

  • Carol N.

    Awesome. Learned so much. Dandelions got mushy when I rinsed all my finds.

    April 28

    • Mangy White B.

      Right, can't wash them. Even if they don't get mushy the cells will break down too much when they are frozen.

      April 28

  • Mangy White B.

    Thanks for coming out today and thanks for the support. Could today's participants post photo's of your dyed projects and what material you used? In the May workshop we'll use a sexier color.

    April 26

  • Amber J.

    Going to be running late. As per usual

    April 26

  • Mangy White B.

    Sorry, water

    April 25

  • Mangy White B.

    There is going to be a lot of waiting time while the dye is heated and set, so...we may as well poke around the park and see what kind of forage is there. I'll bring a whole mess of books and we can get all plant geeked out. I just hope it's not too wet. See you all tomorrow!

    April 25

  • Melina R.

    I have yarn - should I soak it in vinegar?

    April 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, what do we soak our fabric in? Thanks!

    April 25

  • Alex B.

    I am super excited for this workshop! will we be foraging for the plants during the workshop as well(if not i would love to help out with the foraging!)? or strictly focusing on the dye making aspect?

    April 14

    • Mangy White B.

      We won't be foraging during the dye making, but if you would like to help harvest I can send you the plants we need and/or you can join me when I go to collect them.

      1 · April 14

    • Alex B.

      Okay, I am definitely interested in helping forage. I've only just started foraging so if there is a particular time you are going and i could tag along that would be awesome! otherwise any tips/ or areas to check for foraging the specific plants would be greatly appreciated! :)

      April 16

  • Tosa N.

    Stumbled across this wonderful idea while looking for a meditation group. Thank you for creating this. I've rsvp'd for myself and 2 daughters. I can help with bringing/harvesting plants.

    April 12

  • Melina R.

    Can my 9 year old daughter attend? She loves crafting and we have died yarn together in the past.

    March 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am so excited to come to this workshop! I'm glad I found this meet up group!

    March 21, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      After I signed up I got an e-mail with two different times. For clarification, is this 2-5 PM, or 6-9 PM? Thanks so much!

      March 21, 2014

    • Mangy White B.

      2-5

      March 21, 2014

  • Jenny M.

    Love this idea. Can you let us know what plants we will be working with and what colors of dye they will make? I may be able to bring plant material depending on what plant we will be working with.

    1 · March 6, 2014

    • Mangy White B.

      Sure will! As the dates get closer we'll decide what plants are going to be available and which ones will be best at that time.

      March 6, 2014

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