JC06 Natural Dye Rainbow with Jackie Ottino Graf
It’s natural dyeing season! Have you been curious about working with natural dyes, or have you experimented some and want to learn more? This class is for you. We will dye a full rainbow, plus a few neutrals on cute little mini skeins that you can take home and knit up. We will go over fiber selection and prep, mordanting and proper dye techniques. We will learn how to make our own dyes from plants, roots, bark and even an insect or two. We will cover a few natural dye extracts, and discover how to blend, extend and modify our dyes to create an even deeper range. Proficiency Level: No experience necessary. Bring to Class: All materials are provided, but please bring a plastic bag or container to bring home wet yarns. Dyeing has an element of waiting to it, so feel free to bring your knitting!
Class fee: $100.
Materials fee (payable to the instructor at the start of class): $40.
This class is being held in the “Dye Shed” (Shed #2) at the Howard County Farm Heritage Museum. This location is NOT at the Fairgrounds. It is directly across the street from the fairgrounds and the rooms for the classes are about a mile back from the street. Plan on driving all the way back to the classroom location. There will be signs directing you. Please plan accordingly for rooms without electricity. There are restrooms with hot and cold water within a reasonable distance from the classrooms. You may want to dress warmly if it is a cold day as the buildings do not have heat. Please leave enough time to get to this location so you can get to class on time and not disturb classes in progress.
Jackie Ottino is a dyer from Maine who feels incredibly lucky to be paid to do fiber things. She dyes yarns for her own brand, Forage Color, as well as curates dyestuffs from the local landscape and around the world. She also dyes and consults for other yarn producers, and teaches fun workshops all over the country. In her spare time she drives her kids to swim meets and knits sweaters while cheering them on.