Natural Dyes: Yellow/Marigold • March 15 & 22

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Fridays, March 15 & 22, 10 am-1 pm

Ceci Lewis

Yellow colors are ubiquitous in nature. Many are fugitive, and developing yellows that are light fast and making them wash fast requires a bit of work. Learn about growing, processing, and dyeing with a few dyes that grow in the Minnesota region, including marigold, coreopsis, weld, and dyer’s chamomile. We will explore these dyestuffs and the differences in color outcomes on various fibers, and experiment with modifiers to add stability and color changes to the dyes. We will learn about the historical use of yellow colorants and mordant/modifying processes that will facilitate getting the most saturated and permanent color on cloth. Leave this class with one of the building blocks for creating secondary colors as well as discovering a yellow that suits your needs. Materials fee $25, payable to the instructor. **See supply list of items to bring to class**

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Instructor Bio:

Ceci Lewis has been a garment sewer more than fifty years, with indigo and other natural dyes prominent in her work. Utilizing and teaching sustainable practices is her specialty. She has cultivated a rainbow of natural dye colors in her postage stamp sized yard and shared natural dyeing with more than a thousand children in the metro area. Lewis served a lead artist in collaboration with Penumbra Theatre, Textile Center, and many talented quilters for the “Black Nativity”. For the last twenty years dyeing, quilt making, and long-arm quilting have taken over her life. Her quilt, New World is part of the Minnesota History Center’s permanent collection.


SKU: FY19 Adult Classes Natural Dyes: Yellow/Marigold Categories: , , Tags: , , ,

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