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Natural Dye Traditions of the Early Gael Settlers (Nova Scotia Mainland)

  • Cole Harbour Heritage Farm Museum 471 Poplar Drive Cole Harbour Canada (map)

'Natural Dye Traditions' is one of four workshops available during Cole Harbour Fibre Frolic 2019.

Join Mel Sweetnam from Mamie’s Schoolhouse for a hands-on introductory workshop and be introduced to the history and natural dye practices of Nova Scotia's early Gael settlers. Students will learn to recreate many of their results using natural dyes common to settlers in our province in the late 1700s and 1800s.

Fabric samples and dyes will be provided, however, participants are asked to bring an apron, kitchen gloves, notebook and pen. Workshop suitable for beginners to intermediate; all ages welcome; those under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Workshop is limited to 14 participants. Cost: $125.00 + tax.

Mel is an ecological fibre artist, with particular expertise in natural dyes. She is the founder of Mamie’s Schoolhouse, as well as the Cape Breton Fibre Trail, and is very well-known for a range of botanical dye techniques. She is a juried member of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design. This recent article provides a profile of Mel’s work:

To register, email:
Please include the workshop name in the subject line. Museum staff will contact you regarding payment; e-transfer and credit card payments accepted. Workshop registrations must be paid in advance; workshops will be filled on a first come, first served basis.