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Intro to Natural Dyeing

Saturday, February 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Instructor: Erin Luna

$38 – $48

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Materials saved from the landfill:
fabric, onion skins/food waste, rusty nails

Skills you’ll learn:
processing dye materials, dye resist techniques

Natural dyes are a beautiful and sustainable way to bring color to textiles. In this workshop, natural dye artisan Erin Luna will show you how to create dye baths from locally foraged plant matter. Participants will learn how to process a few readily accessible dye materials, like black walnuts, goldenrod, and onion skins (subject to seasonal availability), to create hand-dyed fabrics in a neutral color palette including shades of yellow, olive green, brown, and black. Participants will be able to create test strips from each dye bath to keep for future reference. We will also provide a few larger pieces of fabric, such as repurposed bandanas made of 100% natural white cotton that have been prepared in a mordant. Participants will learn some dye resist techniques as well as the use of an iron modifier to change the dye color results.


Class Policy

Cancellation Policy: Perennial reserves the right to cancel, combine, or reschedule classes to adjust for enrollment. If Perennial cancels a class, you may transfer to another class or receive a full refund.

Refund Policy: Notice of withdrawal from a workshop must be made at least 14 days prior to the start of the class. No refunds will be given for withdrawals made after that time. No refunds or credits will be given for classes missed due to illness, personal conflict, or other reasons. There are no exceptions to this policy. Please email classes@perennialstl.org if you wish to withdraw from a workshop.

Child Participation Policy: Curious about your creative, resourceful kiddo participating in the Perennial mission through a class? Since our classes are geared towards adult beginners, we will assess child participation on a class by class basis. Please email classes@perennialstl.org or call us at 314-832-2288 before signing them up. Please note that we cannot accommodate children younger than 12 years old. For children under 16 years of age, both the child and their guardian will need to purchase a ticket and participate in the class together.


Saturday, February 10
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$38 – $48
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3762 S. Broadway
Saint Louis, MO 63118 United States


Erin Luna