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October 2019

Visit to Twin Birch & Teasel + Natural Dyes + Meeting

October 12, 2019 @ 5:00 am - 1:00 pm
Twin Birch & Teasel, 135 N. Chatham Ave.
Siler City, NC 27344 United States
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Sue Szary of Twin Birch & Teasel (fiber store and fiber arts haven) has organized an amazing day of fiber activities for us in Siler City! We’ll meet with members of a local fiber guild for “Dyeing to know,” experiments with natural dyes, tour artist studios, and have a potluck lunch and meeting at Peppercorn Coffee Shop across the street. We’re also looking into tours of a local alpaca farm and/or winery. We’re looking for people to bring dye materials…

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January 2021

Intro to Natural Dyes (Virtual)

January 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
a photo of black walnuts on grass and a pot of pokeberry dye

If you've ever wanted to learn how natural dyeing works, this workshop is for you! This workshop will introduce you to the fundamentals of natural dyeing: equipment, dye materials, processes, preparing and mordanting different fibers, and responsible foraging. Participants will also learn about resources for learning more and acquiring materials. At the end of this workshop, you will be well-prepared for one of Piedmont Fibershed's upcoming hands-on natural dye workshops—or for trying out natural dyeing on your own. While this…

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February 2021

Natural Dyeing with Kitchen Waste (Virtual)

February 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
$25 – $35
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…

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April 2021

Grow Your Dye Garden (Virtual)

April 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
A garden with several rows of dye plants

This workshop is dedicated to the dye plants that can be cultivated in our region. We will talk about historical uses of these dyes and discuss what you need to know about planting and maintaining your color garden. When do you plant, how far do you space the plants, how much to plant, what parts of the plant give dye, etc.

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