Come spend a day exploring the beauty of nature printing and the magic of an Indigo dye vat. We will use late summer leaves and flowers to make direct contact imprints on to a silk scarf. To transfer the tannins and color from the flowers and leaves to the silk scarf, the scarves will need about 2 hours in a steam bath. While we are waiting, we will explore shibori style indigo vat dying. Pack a lunch or go out; we will break for lunch once we get our silk scarves into the steam pot (could be more of a brunch). After a brief meal we will work with shibori techniques. Student will have 4 pieces of cotton to do practice folds and dips with. Their final project will be another silk scarf. You will go home with two excellent gifts for yourself or someone else.
INSTRUCTOR: Colleen Casey
No previous experience required.
Supply Fee: $25 to be paid to instructor at beginning of class
Student should also bring a shopping bag full of trimmings from various plants in their yard.
Best leaves for nature print: Oak, Walnut, Hickory, Sumac, Privet, Grape Vine, and Roses
Best Flowers: Marigold, Coreopsis, Black Eyed Susan’s, DK Red Hibiscus, Black Holly Hocks
Supply fee paid to instructor includes:
2 silk scarves
1 yard of cotton
Additional scarves can be purchased from the instructor for $10.00. Individuals who would like to do additional items in the Indigo will need to wait till the end of class and pay an additional 3.00 per item (under 8 oz) fee to the instructor.
No previous experience required
10:00-11:30 Nature printing
12:30 – 2:00 Indigo
Students will need to bring:
Plastic bags or bin to carry home any wet items.