Natural Dyeing at Textile Arts Center
If you are in the New York City area I highly recommend taking a class at Textile Arts Center. There is a location in Brooklyn and another in Manhattan. This past weekend I took a Natural Dyeing workshop led by Isa Rodrigues. She has a vast knowledge of the subject including the chemistry that makes all the magic happen.
Here is some of the natural dyestuffs we uses including: coreopsis, weld, black hollyhocks, onion skis, monarda and purple basil.
Here is a pot with simmering coreopsis flowers waiting for the fibers to be added.
More dyestuff ready to add to the dye pots. Including madder root, cochenille and walnut hulls
Our completed fabric and yarn samples. The orange/red is madder root, the yellow is coreopsis, the blue is black hollyhock, the bright pink/red is cochenille and the brown is walnut hulls. The most surprising is the cochenille which is a small bug that lives on cactus plants. It is a greyish color, but dyes this wonderful bright pink.
Here are samples of our silk fabric painted with natural dyes
and more samples. The blue ones are indigo which is a magical process. The blue color only appears after the fabric is taken out of the dye bath and the process of oxidation takes place.