D02 The Kitchen Dyepot with Jackie Ottino
Friday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blacksmith Shop at Howard County Farm Heritage Museum
Don’t compost those kitchen scraps! Turn them into color! In this fun and informative natural dye workshop, learn which kitchen waste products can be turned into dyes to color your yarns and fibers. We will go over proper prep and mordanting to ensure color take-up and fastness, prepare dyebaths from plant materials that might normally end up on the compost heap, and end up with beautiful yarns. Proficiency Level: Suitable for all. Bring to Class: Note-taking supplies, a way to bring home wet yarns, and your knitting.
Class Fee: $100. 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.