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      Seeking Color: Uncovering Natural Dyes with Patricia Kessler in Afton


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      August 25, 2019

      Sunday   9:00 AM

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      Seeking Color: Uncovering Natural Dyes with Patricia Kessler

      Seeking color from the environment is part of a long cultural tradition.  Farfields Farm has an abundant source of natural dye materials that can be foraged and prepared for a one-day workshop.  In this workshop, participants will gain a basic understanding of types of fibers and their preparation as well as the use of mordants to enhance the dye colors.  Safety for each of these steps and the proper disposal of dye baths will be discussed and emphasized.  Each participant will be given prepared wool yarn, a silk scarf and ribbon, some linen and a cotton/bamboo blend fabric.  By applying various mordants to textiles a single-dye bath will reveal a range of unexpected colors.  By wrapping flowers and leaves tightly in silk and exposing them to heat their color will create a natural bouquet. Printed information including procedures for preparing textiles, mordanting, dye preparation and a bibliography are provided for participants.

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