Natural Dye Tradition and Inspiration ・ Catherine Ellis・ Textiles
This class will introduce participants to the use of natural dyes on wool, silk, and cotton and natural plant-based inks for paper. We will explore traditional practices from Appalachia and some “light” science to explain why the processes work. The class will use locally harvested materials, as well as some of the classic dyes from afar. An organic indigo vat will be used for dyeing indigo blue. Participants will learn to create a palette of lasting color on yarns or fabric by mixing and layering colors. Open to all levels.
Catharine Ellis is a textile artist and educator. Her work combines both weaving and dyeing and she is the author of Woven Shibori (Interweave Press, 2005, 2016). Catharine taught the Professional Craft Fiber Program at Haywood Community College for 30 years and now focuses her explorations on the use of natural dyes. She teaches and exhibits internationally. Catharine and Joy Boutrup are co-authors of The Art and the Science of Natural Dye (Schiffer Press, 2018).