Thursday, March 21, 2013

Learn to Dye Naturally - (a workshop for you!)

(My dye pot of madder extract)
Last summer and fall I finally got around to dyeing some of my 2012 Sheep Dreams yarn, using natural dye extracts.  I'd been dyeing with a commercial dye for several years, but had been feeling that I wanted to do a selection of naturally dyed colors with my wool/alpaca blend yarn.  To say I was happy with the results would be an understatement.  The subtlety of the colors was so appealing, I fell in love with them.  Recently, K. Crane and I were discussing how great it would be to have a workshop on natural dyeing and the next thing I knew - it was all arranged!!  It just happened that K. knew Dagmar Klos, who wrote THE book on dyeing - "The Dyer's Companion" and it also happened that K. was going to be visiting Chicago, where Dagmar lives.  So, the two of them got together and talked it over, Dagmar and I talked by phone and email and now we are set to host a fabulous, three day natural dyeing workshop on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 2-3-4, 2013.  I'm so excited about being able to offer this workshop!  It will be a wonderful opportunity to learn in a fun and relaxed atmosphere here on the farm.  We're planning on serving refreshments morning and afternoon and have special plans for providing lunch each day - all included in the workshop fee.  We'll be dyeing with fustic, osage, weld, madder, logwood, cochineal, indigo and marigolds.

(Two shades of purple logwood - naturally dyed)
I had hoped to attach the workshop flyer to this post, but so far haven't figured out how to do that :-(, so here are the details.  If you have any questions at all please email ( and I'll get right back to you.

Event:                Natural Dye Workshop taught by Dagmar Klos (author of "The Dyer's Companion")

Date:                  May 2-3-4, 2013 - 9 am to 4 pm each day

Location:           Tanglewood Farm, 4565 Cummins Ferry, Versailles, KY 40383

Workshop Fee:  $180, which includes all three days of instruction, plus refreshments and lunch.
                          There is a $15 materials fee that will include dye matter, sample skeins and printed
                          materials supplied by Dagmar. You will leave with approximately 75 sample skeins
                          of yarn that we will have dyed during the workshop.
You do not have to be experienced at dyeing to participate in this workshop.  It is for beginners and for experienced dyers alike.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to learn from someone who excels in the art of dyeing.   There are limited spaces available for this workshop, so please don't delay if you are interested in joining us.  Email me at -



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    1. I think it's going to be great fun and, if we're lucky, we won't be seeing snow flakes (like we are this morning!)

  2. Oh is time for a trip to see family. I am going to work on this. Would live to see ky in spring and make it a multi functional trip.

    1. Hey, Denise! You've got a family run bed and breakfast conveniently close!

    2. I know it is too good to miss out on. Sign me up. I will be walking by then :-)

  3. Dagmar is a good friend of mine and I know everyone who participates will become a big fan of hers!!

  4. This sounds wonderful! Need to arrange my calendar and some funds and hopefully I will be e-mailing you soon!

  5. Oh Dianne! I jumped up and went to my calender as soon as I read this only to find not one, but TWO conflicts. I am so disappointed. This is something I would absolutely love to attend. I am trying not to sulk.