D03 Natural Dye Rainbow with Jackie Ottino
Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blacksmith Shop at Howard County Farm Heritage Museum
Nature offers us all the colors of the rainbow, we just need to figure out how to get them onto our fibers! This workshop is perfect for the absolute beginner to the more experienced dyer looking to learn a few new tricks. Dyeing wool yarn, we will work with 8-10 different dyestuffs in several forms: wood shavings, fresh plant material, dried plant material, insects, roots, extracts….and create around 15 colors. We will go over fiber selection and prep, proper mordanting, and how to maximize our efforts for deep rich colors. Proficiency Level: Suitable for all. Bring to Class: Note taking material, a way to bring home wet yarns, and your knitting.
Class Fee: $100. Materials Fee: $50. The class fee includes admission to the Festival for the day.
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.