D01 Natural Color: Raw Fleece & Natural Dyes with Jackie Ottino
Wednesday & Thursday, May 2 & 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blacksmith Shop at Howard County Farm Heritage Museum
Starting with raw fleeces from a few different breeds of sheep, we’ll devote the first day to learning about the different types of wool as they pertain to dyeing, and learning how to get raw wool ready to dye. We will skirt and scour the fleece, and then mordant the wool. Meanwhile, we will explore some raw dyestuffs, and prepare them to be made into dyes for day two. On day two, we will learn even more about natural dyes and will create our dyepots using raw materials such as wood shavings, flowers, insects, and roots. Proficiency Level: No previous experience necessary. Bring to Class: One box of 1-gallon Ziploc bags for labeling and storing samples, note-taking materials, and your knitting.
Class Fee: $200. Materials Fee: $50.
Jackie Ottino is a dyer from Maine, specializing in natural dyes. She is a chemist at heart, and loves the how and why of color: how to make the perfect blue, how to get a brighter red. She spent 6 years running a commercial dyehouse for a large yarn brand, and now leads dye workshops all over the country, and dyes yarns and fibers for her own brand, Forage Color, as well as other yarn lines. She also consults with yarn stores and yarn companies on color and yarn development. In her spare time she drives her kids to swim meets and knits sweaters from the bleachers.