Dyeing (and Knitting) the Rainbow
Every color of the rainbow can be extracted from plants including foods we eat every day. Synthetic dyes are a relatively new innovation in textiles, historically all dyes were extracted directly from things found in nature. Over the six week session we will dye in six colors of the rainbow - red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. Each participant will dye a total of 150 yards of wool, enough to complete a project such as a hat or scarf, approximately 25 yards of each color.
We’ll begin each session with a light snack and time to settle in and unwind from the school day. I will introduce the color of the day and the process for extracting it and we will set up the dye bath together. While the yarn is in the dye vat we will work on our knitting projects using the colors from the previous sessions. Each participant will select a project based on their interest and knitting experience (beginner knitters are welcome).
The small group is designed to allow plenty of opportunity for one on one attention from me and to share, talk and learn from each other.
Week 1 – Red + the basics of dyeing
We’ll begin with red. In this first session we’ll spend some time learning the basics of extracting dyes from plants, how to get several colors from one plant, the properties of different fibers and how to prepare fibers so that the color stays bright. We’ll also plan our projects and, for beginner knitters, cover the basics of knitting.
Week 2-6 – Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue and Violet
In week 2 we will start our knitting projects with the red from week one. Each week we will add the color from the previous week to our stash and eventually to our projects.
Price for after school sessions: 6 sessions - $175 ($150 class fee, $25 materials fee)
Please reach out to Amy with information about the next scheduled session, questions and to enroll: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your confirmed enrollment and payment will secure your spot.
*This class with run with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 students.