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Dyeing Yarn and the Meaning of Colors

In this workshop students will explore the relationship of color and dye, and experience the process of dyeing skeins of wool yarn with Lanaset acid dyes. These dyes use vinegar to set the color onto the yarn, and as the dyeing takes place, the dye bath exhausts, leaving clear water at the end of the process--which is safe for the environment.

As we dye our skeins we will explore the concept of color as having energy and its capacity to influence our thoughts and emotions. Students will work with stock solutions (dyes in liquid form) to create their own custom colors and will leave the workshop with the skeins they have dyed for a future project.

As a studio artist and teacher, Instructor David Johnson has focused his energy towards fiber and textile. His specialty is in tapestry weaving and includes both pictorial and pattern work while dyeing all his own colors. He has an extensive teaching background including positions on the faculty at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts and the Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee. David is currently program coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild and a member of the Handweavers Guild of Boulder.

This workshop is offered by the Living Arts School, a folk school in Boulder County.

No experience necessary. All materials provided, please bring a sack lunch. All participants will leave with three hand-dyed 100 gm. sheep's wool skeins. For participants ages 14 and older, minimum of 4 participants, maximum of 10. Pre-registration required.

Cost: $65 + $20 Materials Fee = $85

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  • Marcia C.

    I would love to attend but unfortunately have a schedule conflict. Maybe next time it's offered?

    January 19, 2014

    • Elizabeth

      We'd love to have you come next time...

      January 21, 2014

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