Natural Dyeing: Transform Cloth Using Food Dyes with The Dogwood Dyer Premium class

Liz Spencer, The Dogwood Dyer

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11 Videos (52m)
    • INTRO

      1:11
    • OVERVIEW OF NATURAL COLOR

      5:33
    • KEY CONCEPTS

      4:49
    • COLLECTING YOUR DYESTUFF

      1:05
    • ESSENTIAL TOOLS

      1:09
    • SCOURING & PRE FIXING

      11:40
    • EXTRACTING COLOR FROM FOOD

      4:10
    • COLOR MODIFICATION & CARE

      2:22
    • MODERN TIE DYE- SHIBORI

      15:02
    • DYEING

      4:05
    • FINAL THOUGHTS

      0:48

About This Class

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Using only organic plant matter such food waste intended for the compost, and naturally occurring minerals such as iron & aluminum, you will gain knowledge and experiment with the time honored art of natural dyeing.
In this class you will come away with an understanding of how to work with natural colors to achieve the most vibrant and long lasting results while learning about traditional shibori surface design techniques. Liz will lead a tutorial in her professional outdoor dye studio demonstrating some of her favorite low impact dye extraction methods using scraps from common food items.

Most everyone has had to donate or downcycle garments or linens at some point due to everyday wear, spills, accidents and laundry mishaps. Following the dye techniques from this class, you can mask unsightly stains using accessible, kitchen safe dyes.  All you need to breathe new life into an old or stained garment for this project is the food of your choice and a few common household tools. No prior knowledge on textiles or dyes is required. This project is for anyone looking to create and experiment with beautiful colors while doing no harm to the planet, your home and your body.

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51 of 52 students recommendSee All

Excellent!
Wonder example of the unique process and wonder of natural dying. I learned a lot. Thanks! -Jessica Ra
Jessica Ra

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Very interesting course, practical and detailed informations.

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Liz Spencer

The Dogwood Dyer

Liz Spencer is owner and operator of The Dogwood Dyer, an all-natural dyeing service that uses locally grown and foraged plants as well as ethically sourced dyestuffs to help create sustainable accessories, garments, and home goods. Her process involves minimal water consumption, with 80 percent of the refuse water recycled back into her gardens. An advocate for the education of ethically conscious design, she teaches sustainability, fashion, and natural dyeing at FIT and Parsons The New School for Design, and she spent a year as a venture fellow at the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator. Spencer holds a BA from Linfield College, in Oregon, and an MA in sustainable fashion from the London College of Fashion. She teaches workshops independently in southern California and the New York City area.

Follow her colorful story on Instagram where she posts about upcoming workshops and events: thedogwooddyer  https://www.instagram.com/thedogwooddyer/