Online - What's in the Water: Natural Dye Color Studies

Folk Art School

Vesterheim Folk Art School

Online - What's in the Water: Natural Dye Color Studies

Tuesdays, November 2, 9, and 16 (6:00-8:00pm CT) with Lesley Darling

Level of Instruction
For students who have enrolled in a dye class with Lesley through Vesterheim or elsewhere and can comfortably mordant and dye fabrics.
$145.00 Members
$160.00 Non-members

As you've worked with natural dyes, you've probably heard that it's All About the Water! In this exploratory, beyond beginning dye class, we'll look at the qualities of your individual water through a series of dye comparisons, looking at pH, mineral content, and using different water sources! We'll also look at the ways dyes can appear different on a variety of fabrics. Students should be comfortable mordanting and making a dye bath and should have dye equipment on hand. A kit of supplies (a $55 value!) including materials for course, pH strips, and water modifiers for future dye projects is included in the registraton fee.

The listed class time includes three Zoom sessions on Tuesdays, November 2, 9, and 16 from 6:00-8:00pm CT.

Supplies:  Students will need to provide a computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera and mic as well as a fast, reliable internet connection.  Participants will also need to provide a nonreactive dye vessel, tap water, 1-2 gallons distilled water, and vinegar.

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 when you register for more information about what materials are required for this class.

Enrollment Deadline: October 19, 2021

Registration for this class has closed.

About the Instructor

Lesley Darling

Lesley Darling

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.