JC21 Cochineal Intensive–Pushing the Limits of the Natural Dyepot with Jackie Ottino Graf

Cochineal is an unassuming insect that have been used for centuries to color textiles, food and paint. At times in history it was worth its weight in gold, and only royalty and clergy were permitted to wear clothing dyed crimson with cochineal. Based on my popular Madder Root Intensive, this workshop shows how putting chemistry to work in the dyepot can yield astonishing results. Using 4 different mordants and modifiers, we will push the limits and end up with 20 distinct colors from one singular dye. Proficiency Level: No experience necessary. Bring to Class: Instructor will provide all materials and dyes. Please bring note taking materials, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and plastic bags or containers for bringing home wet yarn. 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): $100 — gets you a sweater quantity (around 2000 yards) of high quality yarn, in sport or dk weight (instructor’s choice) OR  $10 — which covers a color card only.

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.

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