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Natural Dye Workshop – Plant Dyes Sourced from the Kitchen

Sunday, July 14, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


Transforming Textiles Sustainably with Resident Artist, Patricia Powell Kessler

Museum Member: $90, Non-Member: $100
Materials Fee: $30 paid direct to artist

Beginners and experienced artists will discover sustainable (and safe) sources of color for creating a natural palette with supplies sourced from common kitchen items.

The workshop will begin with an overview of how to prepare textiles. Mordants and the requirements for dyeing silk, linen, cotton and wool will be discussed and demonstrated. Both hot and cold dye baths will be created using easily available foods such as avocado, onion skins, turmeric, berries, and annatto seeds.

Participants will be given packets of silk, cotton, and linen cloth, some wool yarn and a silk scarf that have been prepared for dyeing. Then the fun begins as we dive into the dye pots. Using folding techniques or tie dye the silk scarves will be transformed with surprising results. Printed directions for preparing dyes and mordanting cloth, a bibliography and supply sources will be given to each participant for future reference.

This workshop will be held at the museum in Patricia’s ground floor studio in the Bank Barn. One-hour lunch break from 12:30 until 1:30 pm. Attendees are invited to eat bagged lunches on the Museum grounds or visit a nearby restaurant or cafes.

Bring a pair of long kitchen gloves. Wear closed toed shoes and an apron or clothing that you won’t mind staining.


Sunday, July 14, 2019
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sandy Spring Museum


Sandy Spring Museum
17901 Bentley Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860 United States
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