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Natural Dyes - Creating and Connecting with Wild Color

  • Holistic Survival School 38 McDaris Cove Road Weaverville, NC, 28787 United States (map)

The earth is bursting with color!- offering us a vibrant palate to discover and steep into. Golden rod, Blackberry, Osage Orange, Black Walnut to name a few. In this two-day workshop we will explore the diversity and richness of color found in our local plants, mushrooms and lichens. We will slow down, dive deep and connect to earth around us; weaving our creativity with the natural world and the four elements.

 Starting with a plant walk, we will ground into the space, familiarizing ourselves with the land. We will meet many useful plants, particularly those useful for producing dye pigments. Using plant material harvested from the land, we will make 4-5 dye baths, using the fire to heat our dye vats. Furthermore, we will discuss the technical aspects of natural dyeing; common color extraction techniques, fiber selection, and the optimal mordants (fixatives) to use. You will have ample opportunity to tap into your own inner artist, designing your own naturally dyed silk scarf, and an additional project of your choice, which will include eco-print design (imprinting details of leaves and flowers on fiber).

Participants will leave this class with a greater connection to the plant kingdom, and the ability to apply knowledge gained to your own patch of land, wherever it may be. In addition to projects made during the workshop, participants will take home a collection of color swatches from each dye vat.


 All materials will be provided: silk scarf, wool swatches, cotton, mordants.

*You are welcome to bring an additional small, natural fiber of your own.

  • Cost:

    Early Bird Price (Before August 15th): $250

    Regular Ticket: $300

  • What to bring // Camp sites

Primitive camping is available for students. Please come prepared! Bring your own tent and sleeping gear, rain gear, camping supplies, eating dish and utensils, and food for the weekend (running water, kitchen and fridge are available on site). This is an introductory class and students are welcome to bring as much gear as they feel comfortable with.

  • Children

    Students 12 and up are welcome with accompanying adult and their own ticket

  • Work Trade

    HoSS never wants people to feel limited by money. If money is the only thing stopping you from attending this class please fill out the work trade application for this class and we can discuss possible options.

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