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Beginner's Natural Dye Day I

On February 24, sixteen Foothill Fibers Guild members assembled for an introductory session on natural dyeing. The group included some very accomplished and skilled FFG dyers as well as complete beginners; but all came together to build community, share information, and have a fun time!  Four natural dye stations were set up: mahonia, onion skins, avocado and apple bark. Participants received sample packs of pre-mordanted yarn, roving, and a silk scarf to try one or more natural colors. A separate demo on the mordanting process using Alum helped explain how to prepare fiber for the dye pot, as well as a primer on safety and personal protective gear.   

 So - what was the 'winner' for the day? It was definitely the onion skins!  The other pots produced very light colors, which might be typical if the pot temperature gets too hot (above 160 degrees F), or if the material needs more exposure time in the pot.  All-in-all, it was a happy and productive day, and we hope that participants gained greater confidence in continuing their natural dyeing journey. 

Foothill Fibers Guild is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization promoting greater interest in the fiber arts.

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