Natural Dyes & Fibers

August 1 - August 5, 2022

Natural Dyes & Fibers


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $275
Material Fee: $50

Ages 10+

Come explore the magical world and rich history of dyeing fibers using natural materials. Students will learn how to create dyes, prepare and fold fabric, and sew simple projects out of their fabric. The science behind the processes will be discussed as well as the history of the techniques. Some dyes will include turmeric, black walnut, avocado, indigo, spinach, onion, rust, and more! We will also discuss and explore printing designs on fabric using natural and commercial dyes and inks.

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: Ages 10+, Youth



Ailsa Stevenson

Ailsa Stevenson is an educator and artist based in southern New Jersey. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MAAE from Boston University. Ailsa currently teaches 6th-12th grade art in a school setting and has taught at Peters Valley since 2016. While her true passion is photography, she is skilled in metal smithing, printmaking, fibers, and ceramics, and brings these skills into her classroom in a variety of ways.

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