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Explore the Mysterious World of Natural Dyeing

Sunday, October 22, 2023
9:00 a.m. – noon

Sew to Speak, 752 High St., Columbus 43085 (corner of Rte. 161 and High St. in Worthington)*

This workshop offers an introduction to natural dyeing with a hands-on approach to learning the techniques needed to get beautiful natural colors.  Participants will have the opportunity to dye both cotton and wool yarn in indigo, madder, and marigold dyes, and will go home with mini skeins of both fibers from each of the dye baths.

We will also discuss the history of natural dyes and the challenges and strategies for dyeing different fiber bases.  

Space is limited, so sign up before all the spots are gone!

Details and Registration

Skill Level Needed:  This workshop is for beginner dyers and those interested in learning more about natural dye techniques! No prior knowledge is required.

Cost: $95 +$20 (materials fee) for guild members (membership required prior to workshop registration); $120 +$20 (materials fee) for non-members. 

Materials: Just bring yourself.  Materials will be supplied at the workshop.  Please wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting dirty. 

How to Register: Click on this link. You may also send an email to Alissa Head, guild treasurer, at [email protected] with “natural dye workshop” in the subject line. Be sure to note whether you are a member or non-member. You will receive an invoice once your registration is confirmed.

Cancellation Policy: Your spot will be made available to the next person on the waiting list. We will notify you if there isn’t anyone on the waiting list, and you may attempt to find your own replacement to be eligible for a refund. Workshops are “self-sufficient” and fees are set up to break even on the cost, so refunds are not guaranteed.

*Directions: Google Maps can be confusing. Store is on the northeast corner of the Worthington village green (161 and High St) and faces High St. There is a road in front of the building that is called Village Green but is not marked. The store is in the red brick building just south of Huntington Bank. They share the building with CoHatch.  Parking is available on the north side of the building and in front.

Meet the Instructor

Rachel Wallis has a wealth of natural dye knowledge and is a premier artist!  She completed an MA in Art and Social Practice at Moore College of Art and Design in 2016. Her work has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, the Journal of Surface Design, and Art Therapy for Social Justice: Radical Intersections. She has taught classes or served as artist in residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, A Studio in the Woods, Lillstreet Art Center, and the Coffee Creek Women’s Correctional Center, and Project Nia. 

Rachel’s past projects have included “Gone But Not Forgotten,” a community quilting process creating a memorial quilt for individuals killed by the Chicago Police Department; and Anguilla Quilt, a quilt exploring the legacy of the murder of prison laborers in Anguilla, GA in the 1940s.