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Natural Dyeing with Kitchen Waste (Virtual)

February 27, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

$25 – $35

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Close-up of a golden-yellow cloth dyed with onion skins

Learn how to naturally dye fibers and textiles with common kitchen waste materials! Materials such as onion skins and avocado pits are inexpensive, non-toxic, locally-available sources of dye that have the added benefit of reducing food waste. In this hands-on virtual workshop, participants will learn how to make dye baths from yellow onion skins and avocado and will use it to dye cotton, silk, and wool.

You will need to have the following supplies for this workshop. It is strongly encouraged that you use equipment that will not be used with food:

  • 1-2 large pots made from stainless steel or other non-reactive material
  • Water to fill the pot
  • Tongs or a large spoon
  • A strainer
  • Oven mitts
  • A source of consistent heat, such as a stove or hot plate
  • A candy thermometer (optional)

Participants have the option to be mailed pre-mordanted fiber samples and/or onion skins for dyeing. You must register by 2/24/21 if you would like to pick up materials in Durham, NC.

Participants also have the option to save their own yellow onion skins or avocado pits to use in this workshop. You will need 1 ounce of yellow onion skins per ounce of fiber or 3-4 avocado pits per 1/2 pound of fiber.

Please select which option you prefer when you register.

SAFETY NOTE: This workshop will require working with a heat source and near-boiling water.

Instructor: Courtney Lockemer


February 27, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$25 – $35
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