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Dyeing with Fresh Leaf Indigo

July 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Explore several methods for dyeing with fresh-leaf Japanese indigo (Persicaria tinctoria) with textile artist Bethany Hebbard.

In this workshop we will explore several methods for dyeing with fresh-leaf Japanese indigo (Persicaria tinctoria): the “blender” cold-water extraction method and the salt-rub method, as well as techniques for leaf-pounding and stenciling. We will also discuss how to make and use soy milk as both a pre-treatment and post-treatment for textiles dyed with fresh indigo. Participants will practice all the methods presented and will have the option to use these new skills to create a beautiful bandanna or silk scarf. Each participant will receive a Japanese indigo seedling to continue growing and dyeing at home.

Instructor Bethany Joy Hebbard is a knitter, spinner, and dyer who recently moved to the Piedmont from Austin, Texas. While in Austin Bethany was a member of the Austin Weavers and Spinners Guild, focusing on natural dyes in Texas. Since moving to North Carolina she has loved learning which dye plants are best suited to this more temperate climate. Her husband is a permaculture-trained farmer, and together they keep a large garden on their suburban homestead in Jamestown, North Carolina. Since her preschool son and daughter are her typical apprentices, Bethany is very focused on using natural dyes in ways that are child-friendly and safe for home use.


July 20
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Piedmont Fibershed
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309 Southridge Rd
309 Southridge Road, Jamestown, NC 27282
Jamestown, NC 27282 US
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