Dyed in the Wool: Making the Best Yarn for your Projects

June 17 - June 21, 2022

Dyed in the Wool: Making the Best Yarn for your Projects


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $650
Material Fee: $110

Explore the interaction of color and fiber at the most fundamental level in textile arts. Learn to spin wool and blend it with other fibers like silk and cotton, making yarns to weave, knit or sculpt. Using the properties of your fibers, explore the results of natural dyes applied at each stage of the fabric-making process. You will learn how to use a drop spindle and spinning wheel; how to prepare fibers; how to create and test design options; and how to achieve a range of colors with natural dyes and blending techniques. Familiarity with fibers is helpful but no previous spinning or dyeing experience is necessary. Someone who has basic spinning skills can still benefit from the dyeing and fiber preparation techniques.

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day


Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Kate Sarah Mitchell

Kate Sarah Mitchell was the Artist Fellow in Textiles and Surface Design at Peters Valley in 2016 and 2017. Before Peters Valley, she lived in Ollantaytambo, Peru, where she worked in capacity building and skill development with six women’s textile cooperatives in the rural Andes Mountains, coordinating the work of 4-6 visiting designers from the US and Europe, integrating their designs with the local production teams for the fair-trade market. Mitchell makes her home in the Hudson Valley of New York. She was the first executive director at Fall Kill Creative Works, with 4 craft studios (textiles, clay, print, storytelling) serving Poughkeepsie NY and the mid-Hudson Valley. She balances her work in craft with work in nonprofit management, with stints at Clearwater, the Bardavon, the Roosevelt Presidential Library, and at Yarn Swift, her own yarn shop and studio. An environmental and community activist, she focuses on traditional textile processes, handcraft, and sustainability. Her work has been exhibited in shows in New York City, Poughkeepsie, and Woodstock, NY and Layton NJ. She currently serves as executive director at Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and lives in Saugerties NY.

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