Black Walnut Dye Workshop
October 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Learn how to dye with a precious plant you can find in your own neighborhood.
This workshop will be taught twice on the same day:
Session 1: 10-12:30
Session 2: 2-4:30
October is the month for making black walnut dye! Join us in our cozy and welcoming home to learn how to dye fabric using a seasonal Portland street plant without chemical mordants. Black walnut is one of the most simple natural dyes, and transforms into a beautiful, warm, lovely brown.
At the workshop there will be two dye baths: one is ready-made and prepared a week in advance, and the other will be prepared by participants during the workshop. We’ll forage walnuts ourselves from the area and then bring them back to SMASH! You can choose which bath you want to dip your material into. Each dye will be experimental and we’ll revel in the color differences! One tea towel (approx 28” x 28”) for dyeing is included in the cost and you will learn a quick Itajime Shibori technique. Additional tea towels or Thai raw silk scarves will be available for purchase.
This class is located in the instructor’s backyard, recently certified Gold as a Backyard Habitat. As time allows, the workshop will also cover native plants, local dyeable plants, and common dyeable plants you can grow in your neighborhood
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