JC10 Handpainting with Natural Dye Extracts with Jackie Ottino Graf

Handpainting is an excellent way to create tonal and variegated yarns. Are you a hand painter with synthetic dyes who would like to get a little more natural in your practices? Are you curious about natural dye extracts and how they can be used? This workshop will cover several bases, translating a synthetic palette to its natural cousins, and techniques for mordanting, painting and setting the color. We will learn how to mix natural dye extracts to create a painting stock, and create some beautiful masterpieces! Lots of info, lots of fun! Proficiency Level:  No experience necessary. Bring to Class: Latex or dishwashing gloves. Four quart size glass jars. Wear your dye clothes! Also bring a container or plastic bags 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): $50, covers 2 skeins of washable sock yarn and all dyes and equipment, as well as a color card to bring home for reference. There will be additional yarns available for purchase if there is time and desire to dye extra yarns, or to take home and practice your skills later!

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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