Over the Rainbow: Intro to Natural Dyes

with Alex Foster


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Saturday & Sunday

August 21-22, 2021

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Materials Fee (Paid at the Beginning of Class)

$30 Payable to the Instructor

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Class Description

Deep dive into the wonder of plant color! Learn to understand the aura of plants through the natural dye process. This class will cover the basics of natural dyeing. We will learn about scouring, mordanting, and immersion dyeing with Weld, Cochineal, Madder, and Osage Orange.

Skills learned: Scouring, Mordanting & Dyeing


Day 1: Introductions. Intro to Fabrics. How to scour fabric-- the process of cleaning fabric for dyeing.

How to Mordant. Dunging and Rinsing. Intro to dyes + prep.

Day 2: Dyeing + Modifiers.

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Materials List

materials list

Minimum Age


About the Instructor

Alex Foster is a fiber-based artist, living and working in Roanoke, Virginia. Foster uses natural dyes and printing with plants on fabric to better understand the natural world. They received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fibers and Material Studies from James Madison University. A deep love for fabric has led them to work as a studio assistant for Aya Fiber Studio in Stuart Florida, an internship as a costume stitcher for the American Shakespeare Center, and two work-study fellowships at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Foster has exhibited artwork in cities across Virginia. They have taught workshops at Fiddlehead Farm and Apothecary and Studio Two Three in Richmond. Check out www.fosterfiber.com and follow @fosterfiber on Instagram to learn more about the natural dye and printing process.

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