Instructor: Patricia Lehnhardt
The world of plants is amazing. From green leaves to blue fabric, it is almost magical.
In this two-day class, Patricia Lehnhardt will guide you through how to grow the plants in your own garden, process the leaves into a dry pigment to use later, and do fresh leaf dyeing on wool yarn and silk fabric. Lehnhardt will guide participants in using powdered indigo from India to make a ferrous vat to dye cotton and linen fabrics, paper, and learn more ways to use the pigment, such as ink and watercolor paint.
Katazome, shibori, stencils, rubber and wood-block stamps, and a paint brush will be utilized to create surface designs on fabric, using both resists and directly applied pigment.
Indigo has been grown all over the world. Each area has its own varieties of plants and methods of dyeing with it. Because chemical dyes are easier and cheaper for commercial purposes, these methods – an almost forgotten art - have fallen into the hands of the artisan.
Participants will go home with many small samples created in class and the knowledge that the shades of blue are just one of nature’s miracles of color.
Lehnhardt started using natural dyes on her hand-spun wool yarn more than forty years ago, selling it in her shop, The Great Galena Peddlery. When customers returned months later, wanting an exact match for what they had purchased earlier, which was next to impossible, she switched to commercial acid dyes. After retirement in 2015, she returned to using natural dyes, delving into surface design of fabrics using only natural dyes that she grows in her garden, forages in nearby ditches, or purchases from supply houses. She has learned the dye processes through her own library, on-line classes, and lots of experimenting. It is a never-ending learning experience.
Things to Bring:
Sept 8-9, 2023, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm