NATURAL DYEING WORKSHOP
START SAVING YOUR ONION SKINS, ETC!
WHEN: Sunday, Oct 16th, from 11am to 3pm
WHERE: Susan Weltman's home: 71 Carroll St., Bklyn NY 11231 [F train and public parking nearby]
CONTACT SUSAN: 718-941-2814
COST: $25 (includes silk and other materials)
Bring your own lunch; drinks provided
OPEN TO TSGNY MEMBERS ONLY
Total of 10 TSGNY Members on first paid basis
(check, cash to Treasurer Kim Svoboda or PayPal click http://www.tsgny.org/workshops/)
Susan will buy materials and donate balance of fee to TSGNY.
A DESCRIPTION IN SUE'S WORDS:
"We will meet my home in Brooklyn; I have a large terrace and we will work both outside and at the stove in my kitchen.
"We will be using local plants (from your garden or leaves from your neighborhood park), onion skins, avocado skins and pits (start saving them in the freezer!), anything else that strikes your fancy! We will both experimenting (it is interesting to see what plants work and what don't produce much color) and using tried-and-true plants.
"We will have several dye pots going and will both do some bundling and dye-printing and some other dyeing.
"Everything we will be doing can be done safely at home (though we will have an outdoor space.) The dye baths are free of toxic substances and can be put down the sink or used to water your garden. We will use mordants (alum, vinegar) that also are non-toxic. We will have different dye pots and may get some interesting effects (stainless steel vs copper vs ?)
"Several different kinds of silk (which takes dye better than other fabric) will be available and part of the cost of participation.
"I'll have plenty of books on natural dyeing and printing for everyone to look through, and a list of resources. You may want to check out some of the many natural dye blogs on the web. Recommended - India Flint, Catherine Ellis and Deb McClintock among many wonderful ones."