Red, Yellow and Purple: Using Historic Natural Dye on Wool

February 6 - February 13, 2021

Red, Yellow and Purple: Using Historic Natural Dye on Wool


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $75
Material Fee: $25

Saturday, February 6th~ 2:00-3:30pm EST
Saturday, February 13th~ 2:00-3:30pm EST

Learn the basics of plant dye on naturally colored wool yarn, develop confidence to create a diverse palette, and plan a dye garden for this summer. This virtual class will lead you through the essential steps to obtain colorful results. You will learn to clean and mordant your wool before dyeing and will dye fibers in a simple set-up that takes advantage of materials found at home. Plan to spend some time each day between sessions processing fibers, as natural dyeing is a time based process. Osage orange, logwood, and madder root, along with all the wool and dye assistants needed, will be provided in a kit that is mailed to participants.

This class will be conducted live on Zoom. Participants will receive an email from Peters Valley at least 48 hours prior that includes a link and a password. Only registered participants will be admitted.

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1. Remember that any audio/video communication may involve two-way camera and audio usage. This means that the instructor will need to see participants’ work and speak with them about it and may also be able to see and hear what is occurring in their home.
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4. Maintain the confidentiality of other students if you are participating in a group lesson. All individuals participating may be able to see and hear what is occurring in your home.

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


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Wendy Weiss

Wendy Weiss is an artist, natural dyer, and weaver who uses natural dyes that she cultivates and collects locally.  She was awarded two Fulbright Nehru Senior Scholar Awards to research warp ikat in India, and is a past recipient of two Nebraska Arts Council Artist Fellowships, as well as a Winterthur Residential Fellowship. She exhibits her ikat weavings in solo and group shows in North America, Europe, and Asia and collaborates with Jay Kreimer on a range of installation projects using diverse materials. She is on the editorial team for the Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice, former board member of the Textile Society of America, and professor emerita of textile design in at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She teaches workshops on creative applications of warp ikat and natural dye on cotton and wool.

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