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Traditional Natural Dyeing

Textile Arts Center »
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Wed, Nov 28: 6:30pm - 09:30pm
Wed, Dec 05: 6:30pm - 09:30pm
Wed, Dec 12: 6:30pm - 09:30pm
Wed, Dec 19: 6:30pm - 09:30pm
Location: Gowanus
505 Carroll St
(Btwn 3rd & 4th Avenues)
Brooklyn, New York 11215
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Class Information

  • Class Level: All levels
  • Age Requirements: 18 and older
  • Average Class Size: 8

What you'll learn in this dye class:

In 4 sessions students will learn the principles of dyeing fabric and yarn with beautiful colors using only natural dyes.

Dyeing can be a great way to bring back to life a stained dressed or to give a twist to all that white yarn hanging out at home. Even better if we only use natural dyes! 

Questions like “what is a dye”, “where can I find dyes in Nature”, “what is a mordant” will be addressed and a brief overview of the history of dyeing and techniques will be given. 

Each student will experiment dyeing different fibers using the most famous natural dyes, such as madder, weld, cochineal and the mysterious indigo. Students will also learn how to obtain different shades of color from the same dye. 

Everyone will be encouraged to experiment with some resist dyeing techniques, such as tie-dye or shibori. Students are also welcome to bring additional materials they’d like to experiment with.

Refund & Cancellation Policy

All classes are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met at least 24 hours prior to class start date. You will receive a reminder email one week before your class indicating that it will run, or if it is in danger of cancellation. If you receive this warning email, you will receive a second email the day before your class indicating if it will run. If your class is cancelled, you will be given the option of full refund or credit to apply toward a future course. 

For Student Cancellations:

Adult and Kids Courses; Summer and Mini Camps: 1 month notice is required for full refund or credit; less than one month is 75% refund or credit; less than one week there will be no refund. Requests for any refund must be done via email to [email protected]

For scheduled special events, demos, lectures, and workshops: please give 2 weeks notice in order to receive a full refund or credit.

All classes, workshops, special events, and gift certificates are non-transferable. No refunds will be given on Gift Certificates. Gift Certificates are valid for (1) one year from the date of purchase. 

Classes do not usually have Make Up sessions -- though you may be able to schedule with your instructor a time that they can offer you a little extra time. If you have to miss a class, you are responsible for getting the information that will catch you up on missed information. 

Teacher: Isa Rodrigues

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Isa is Studio Manager at Textile Arts Center, and is a master dyer and textile conservator.

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Textile Arts Center
505 Carroll St
Btwn 3rd & 4th Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11215

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School: Textile Arts Center

The main goal of the Textile Arts Center is to provide support to fiber artists, and everyday people interested in working with fiber, by acting as a resource facility and creative meeting place. The Center is a creative meeting place and resource facility for all those interested in textile and fiber...

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Reviews of Classes at Textile Arts Center

(15 Reviews)

Attended: Leather Working 101

Loved the instructor and the size of the class. Materials were great and I feel that I learned a lot. The only negative was that there was not time to finish the projects.

Attended: Leather Working 101

Delaine Duncan gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Attended: Marbling on Fabric

Naomi Abel gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Attended: Indigo Natural Dyeing

The class was very interesting and the instructor was knowledgeable. Due to circumstances beyond her control, there was some trouble with the first batch of dye, but we were able to try again a second time. Two suggestions that might make things a bit easier for all: If the teacher provided everyone with pre-cut fabrics, so that everyone had the same size and number of pieces, that would be good (and if people brought their own stuff to dye, they could do so at the end, not during). Second, I think it would be good if the process of how to prepare the material, dye it, rinse, etc., were explained more clearly, especially for beginners. Instructor followed up with emailed information, which was nice. However, the class was very comfortable and a good experience trying something different. Thank you!

Attended: Shibori Dyeing

Karen Ireland gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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