This week, the colors of nature are all around us. With Donna Kallner’s Natural Dye Retreat in session these past four days, the colors of nature were brought inside the Walter Studio and used on fabrics, yarns and paper.
Black walnut husks, leaves, willow, flowers and this indigo plant all provided gorgeous colors for dyeing and overdyeing.
The leaves from the indigo plant were harvested and the results were these brilliant blues.
With those leaves going to a good cause, the students now will be able to attempt growing their own plant from the cuttings. As an added treat, with some of the materials harvested, someone may want to brew up some homemade Island-inspired bitters!
While all these colors found their way into the studio, more “natural dyes” were waiting outside as we are seeing the peak of fall leaves right now!
The colors of the sunset are always “peak”, whether it’s a gentle or more dramatic sky!
Carole Wegner says
A friend of mine. Jean Reinemann just returned from one of your classes and highly recommended it. I do primitive rug hooking and would be interested in wool fabric dyeing. Do you have a class specific to that or is it generalized dyeing?
Carolyn Foss says
Thank you Carole, we have not had a class specifically for wool fabric dyeing, but in our dye classes it may be possible to bring your own wool fabric to dye, after talking with the instructor first.