- Level of Instruction
- All levels. Beginners welcome.
Learn the basics of natural dyeing and Norwegian-inspired methods for layering color. From water quality, pH, metallic salts, and more, you'll explore various techniques, including modifying colors with the potential to create multi-color effects by using flammegarn techniques that are perfect for knitting or weaving. During this two-week class, we'll learn the dyeing process together and you will complete your dyeing throughout the week. You will be able to decide how you want to dye your yarn.
Supplies: A kit of supplies including yarn, dye, and mordants (a $55 value) is included in the cost of enrollment. You'll also need a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection. Students will need to supply small amounts of baking soda, vinegar, gloves (nitrile), and anti-acid tablets such as Tums.
Special Instructions: When registering for the class, please make sure to use the address you'd like the kit shipped to, and the email address you'd like the Zoom meeting invitations sent to. You will receive links to the Zoom sessions by email sometime during the week prior to the class. If this class is a gift, please sign up with the recipient's mailing and email addresses or be prepared to forward all communications and/or kit supplies.
If you are registering for this class in a location outside the United States, you will need to provide your own supplies. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org when you register for more information about what materials are required for this class.
Enrollment Deadline: September 20, 2021
About the Instructor
Hailing from the Great Plains, Lesley Darling's passion for fiber and folklife has led her on quite the journey, including herding rare-breed sheep in Wales and learning a dying language while knitting with elders in Sweden. In addition to growing and foraging natural dyes, she practices off-road knitting, creates conceptual nature-based garments, and occasionally spins and weaves. She teaches throughout the Midwest and Appalachia and loves to work with beginners and intermediate students with humor while sparking their curiosity for folk culture.