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Spring Indigo Social
May 25, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM$95
Dyeing with Indigo has a long history, dating back to at least 2500 BC. There are many methods and techniques to using indigo, from fermenting your own plant stuff, reducing with urine and lots of other unpleasant steps. We will not be experimenting with those methods in this class! Learn how to make a concentrated stock, and use it to add beautiful layers of blues to your fibers! We will cover proper procedure for working with indigo, making a vat, how to “read” a vat and adjust it for proper dyeing conditions.
Jackie will be providing a set of 4 cloth napkins and a silk scarf for participants to experiment with! Feel free to also bring up to 1 pound of clean (washed prior to the class with detergent) yarn, unspun fibers*, fabric…anything you would like to dip in the vat! Indigo also reacts wonderfully over previously dyed fibers, consider faded clothing or ho hum dye jobs.
with Jackie Ottino
Saturday, May 25
Members receive class discounts! Check out our membership program here.
Please wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty, or bring an apron. You will also need a long pair of rubber gloves, such as dishwashing gloves and a package of clothespins. (the clampy kind) Optional: any resist materials to imprint on fabric (mason jar lids, cds, marbles, rubber bands)
*If bringing unspun fibers, please bring them in a mesh bag to dye in.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR: Jackie Ottino Graf of Forage Color is a fiber-holic and a natural dyer. She loves spinning and knitting, chemistry, and coaxing bold, striking colors from natural materials.
Register by filling out the form below or calling the office at (207) 338-2222. Enroll early to ensure a spot! Partial scholarships are available. Find out more about our scholarship program here.
NOTE: You will receive confirmation when you have successfully submitted the registration form. Your registration is not complete until payment has been received. Please try to register no later than one week prior to the first meeting of the class. All classes have minimum and maximum enrollment thresholds, so early registration will improve the chances of a class running and of your slot in it! Minimum enrollment for this class must be met by May 17 in order for it to run. Registration cancellations must be made at least a week in advance to receive a full refund.