Class Description

Learn the beautiful art of natural dyeing! In this workshop, you’ll gain an understanding of how to work with natural dyes from your kitchen scraps and local New Mexican plants. Tutorial videos will show how to create a rainbow of colors from red beets, turmeric, blueberries, and spinach. In self-guided explorations in nature, you will learn what native New Mexico Plant dyes make pigment, such as prickly pear fruits and chamisa. By the end of this workshop, students will feel confident with the process of natural dying, how to mordant wool and cotton fibers, and complete at least 3 naturally dyed textiles.

Class Dates

October 3 – October 10, 2020 (If you register for just the on demand classes, registration will be available through the end of the year)

Videos will be available Sat. 10/3/2020

Optional Zoom Dates (limited spots available – must register):

  • Sat. 10/3/20, 1pm-2:30pm – First Zoom meeting
  • Tues. 10/6/20, 7-8pm – Zoom check-in
  • Sat. 10/10/20, 1pm – 2:30pm – Final Zoom meeting

Materials List

(for safety, cookware should only be used for dyes and cannot be used for food preparation afterwards)

  • pencil
  • paper for taking notes
  • scissors
  • rubber bands
  • stir stick/spatula (wood or plastic, something used or recyled)
  • old t-shirt or cheesecloth
  • plastic thick kitchen/household cleaning gloves (optional)
  • household vinegar

Purchase at Target/Thrift Store/other kitchen store or online:

  • 1 stainless steel OR enamel stock pot ~ 8 quart

Purchase at Nob Hill Yarn Store or online:

  • 1 skein of “blank/undyed” protein/cellulose fiber yarn (can be a mix of wool/alpaca, wool/bamboo, wool/cotton or 100% wool)
  • 4 oz Natural White Wool Roving

Recycle from old white cotton sheets/fabric:

  • 1 yard 100% white cotton fabric (please wash)

Purchase at Artisan’s or online:

  • 1/2 lb Alum (Potassium aluminum sulfate) * does not have to be food grade

About the Teaching Artist

Molly Zimmer is a multimedia artist whose work combines painting, textile, and collage. She holds an MFA in Painting from the University of New Mexico, and a BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art. Her work has been exhibited throughout New Mexico and nationally. Molly is a Textile Restorer specializing in Navajo weavings and has taught sewing, drawing and painting courses through community-engaged workshops at museums, K-12 schools and universities, and in rehab facilities. She lives in Albuquerque where she maintains a studio at the Harwood Art Center.

Teaching artist’s website

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