Elusive Glorious Green

Elusive Glorious Green


Green is the most abundant colour in the plant world, yet one of the rarest plant dyes. Even quite experienced natural dyers are sometimes frustrated by an inability to readily produce green dyes from plants. In this workshop, students will learn four different techniques for reliably creating an extensive range of green hues from plants.

Students Will Take Home:

  • yarn and fabric samples in a range of green hues produced in the workshop

  • dye records showing all of the key variables in achieving successful results

  • an expanded skill set to further explore the magic of green from plant dyes

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  • Date: July 8, 2018
  • Time: 10 am to 4 pm (with 1 hour for lunch - not provided)
  • Location: Antigonish
  • Experience: beginner to intermediate
  • Supplies Fee: $25 (tax inclusive), payable directly to the instructor (for yarn, fabric, dyes, etc.).
  • Tax: this web platform collects Nova Scotia's 15% HST for those with a Canadian billing address; for others, HST is payable at the workshop (a receipt will be provided).
  • In Person Payments: cash or credit card
  • Age: 19+ due to the use of hot dye vats
  • Minimum Registrants To Proceed: 4
  • Promo Code: ’online10%’ for online registration only
  • Walk-ins: welcome, space permitting
  • Terms of Service: registration constitutes agreement with the Terms of Service.

Build a sophisticated skill set in:

  • how to extract green dye from a very small number of plants that reliably provide it
  • how to use ‘assists’ to shift other plant dye colours into various green shades
  • how to use over-dyeing (combining different plant dyes) to achieve green
  • how to extract chlorophyll from plants (this is not really a very reliable fabric dye, but it’s a lot of fun and makes an entirely safe, brilliant food colouring)

While the importance of, and methods for, mordanting will be taught, in the interests of time, pre-mordanted fibres will be provided as part of the supplies fee noted above.

Students Will Learn:

  • dye studio safety practices
  • why protein and cellulose based fibres need to be treated differently (scouring & mordanting)
  • about growing and/or ethically/sustainably foraging plants with natural mordant and/or dye properties 
  • how to properly prepare fibres for maximum pigment uptake and for wash and light fastness
  • how to prepare and store plant material to maximize pigment yield, including the use of natural substances to shift effects (mordants, assists and modifiers)
  • how to ensure that the maximum pigment is transferred to the fibres
  • natural post-dye treatments to protect fibres
  • how to keep good records so that results can be reproduced in the future