Natural Dyeing Workshop with Wing and A Prayer Farm

Starts: March 18, 2017 1:00 pm

1 Saturday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Meets on: March 18

Instructor: Tammy White from Wing and A Prayer Farm

*This workshop is sponsored by New England Farm to Fiber and takes place at THE KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover Street, Boston

Level: No Experience Necessary

Cost: $85.00 not including $20 materials fee due at the start of the workshop

Enhance your appreciation for the natural world for a day of dyeing Wing & A Prayer Farm yarns using foraged and found materials for luminescent, beautiful color.  Through demo, discussion, and a hands-on approach, Tammy from Wing and Prayer Farm will lead you on journey of exploring the world of natural color.

In this workshop, you will learn how to derive color from a variety of material such as petals, berries, cones, found objects from the field, forest and your very own kitchen.  You will learn how to prepare your fibers for dyeing using simple mordants that can be collected from the garden or the woodland floor, and about overdyes and modifiers to alter your colors to produce lasting, naturally beautiful yarn.

Lichen Dye Iron Mordant

Local resources are the heart of Tammy’s natural dyeing stock but, additionally, she sources through a variety of methods to obtain colors as sustainably as possible.  The class will begin with a demo which details preparation of fiber and dye stock, different methods of coloring your yarn, and samples of seasonal palettes.

The workshop portion will have students dyeing 6 mini skeins to take home from 4 main colors and 2 individual choices to experience basic methods of modifications.

Materials: Students will leave with 6 mini skeins (approximately 150 yards) of farm yarn from Tammy’s own fiber flocks.

Students will need to bring an apron or smock and rubber/kitchen gloves to protect their hands from dye stuffs.

Wing and A Prayer Dye Kits will be available for purchase after the workshop.

No prior experience is necessary

The workshop will take place at The Kitchen in the Boston Public Market at 100 Hanover Street. The Boston Public Market is a new year-round indoor farmer’s market in the heart of downtown Boston. This workshop is sponsored by new England Farm to Fiber – a heritage sheep farm yarn stall at the Boston Public Market.

Tammy White is a shepherdess on Wing & A Prayer Farm in Southern Vermont where she raises various fiber flocks and herds to cultivate breed-specific farm yarns.  In addition to caring for the farm of 50 sheep, 6 alpacas, 11 angora goats and more, she dyes her own yarn with color from nature using plant matter in her surrounds and natural dye extracts.  She has over 30 years of experience as an educator and regularly shares at workshops and farm tours.

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