Learn how to harness nature’s color palette to create a wide range of color using plant based dyes. The workshop will include tutorials on techniques of dyeing yarns with plant based dyes, including indigo dyeing, basic mordanting, how to cook raw dye material, how to use dye extracts, mixing and layering dyes to make nuanced color stories. We will present demonstrations of several dye techniques and facilitate the application of these techniques on fibers brought by each participant.
Participants are welcome to bring up to 5 lbs of fiber from home to dye during this event. Dyeable items include yarn and spinning fiber (though yardage and garments are options too). This is a great opportunity to custom dye your own fibers for a special project, or to experiment and sample the possibilities of plant based color.
This class has the option to purchase lunch, or to opt out of lunch. Please reach out to our team if you have any dietary restrictions or needs. Participants should wash/scour their fiber prior to the event. We will also have a variety of weights of wool yarn available to purchase. This event will take place at Green Matters Natural Dye Company in Lancaster PA on April 6th from 11 am-4 pm.
This class will be taught by Winona Quigley. Winona grew up in Lancaster Pennsylvania. After moving to New York to attend Parsons School of Design and interning with a variety of fashion houses, she began to develop a body of natural dye research which sparked the development of Green Matters Natural Dye Company. She returned to Lancaster to open a dye house that offers plant based dye services to product and fashion brands as an alternative to synthetic dye, which has an outsized impact on global waterways. In 2021,she was listed on the Forbes 30 under 30 in the Manufacturing and Industry category. As of today, our clients include Chipotle Mexican Grill, Alex Mill, and Stitch Fix.
Green Matters now offers customer facing services which include workshops, custom dyeing and at home dye kits. Our mission is to educate the community about textile waste, hand craft, and to help offer resources for mending and dyeing your own clothing with plants found in the wild, in your garden, as well as from the waste in your kitchen.
The workshop starts at 11 am. If you want to carpool, we can all meet at the guild house at 9:30. This will be organized through email a week prior to the event.