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Traditional Natural Dyeing

Textile Arts Center »
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Wed, Sep 26: 6:30pm - 09:30pm
Wed, Oct 03: 6:30pm - 09:30pm
Wed, Oct 10: 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
Gowanus
505 Carroll St
Btwn 3rd & 4th Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11215

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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

(36 Reviews)


Attended: Tapestry Weaving

Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Felted Soap

Melanie H. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Leather Working 101

Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Leather Working

Laura R. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Itajime Resist Dyeing

dacia p. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Leather Working 101

Kat is a real professional in what she teaches, you can really tell that according to the personal touch to her trainees and techniques she was happy to share with. The only downside - this Leather Working 101 course provides only 4 classes (we skipped the Thanksgiving week). That did upset me, I wish there were a few more classes to obtain and absorb a bit more leather sewing skills.. Otherwise I'd definitely recommend this particular class!


Attended: Weaving 101

Cecil H. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Bobbin Lace Weekend Intensive

Mina C. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Basket Weaving

heechan k. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Basket Weaving

Ariel H. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Machine Knitting 101

Tiffany H. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Sculptural Knits: Machine Knitting Techniques

Valentine A. gave this class 1 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Leather Bowls and Boxes

Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: After Workshop - Papermaking

Nica R. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Intro to Natural Dyeing

susan T. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Intro to Natural Dyeing

Anonymous gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Weaving 101

Jessica B. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Kumihimo (Braided) Bracelet Workshop

Jane G. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Sewing 101

Fatimo O. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Machine Knitting 101

Really liked using the knitting machine and Joey's instruction was great. Wish we had learned a little more in the 4 weeks for the amount of money it cost, but I'm happy with class as an intro.


Attended: Natural Dyeing with Local Plants

Anastasia B. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


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.


Attended: Sewing 103: Reclaim your Closet

Joey, the instructor/teacher is absolutely delightful! She was very knowledgeable, accommodating and simply a pleasure to learn from. I would go back to take any other course she is teaching!


Attended: Weaving 101

this is a very good class. Kira our instructor was excellent in that it was definitely a hands on program. We learned terminology as we needed it, we learned all the aspects a beginning weaver should know. Kira was encouraging and supportive of the project choices, when there were problems and questions. I highly recommend this class for anyone who is interested in weaving .


Attended: Screen Printing 101

Ruby Childs gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.


Attended: Leather Apparel Sewing

I thought the teacher was great and overall it was a good experience. I was disappointed in the facilities. It's not ideal to sew leather on home sewing machines, especially ones that aren't in proper working condition. Students had to share sewing machines.


Attended: Leather Working

The instructor Cat was very informative and gave excellent instruction and problem solving in leather working. We were able to learn several techniques that were applicable in many ways in a short amount of time. It would be helpful if there was the next level of class offered after this - an intermediate to advanced to work on techniques and to learn more solutions.


Attended: Felting 101 with STATE

A fabulous course! Adrienne was so helpful, patient, encouraging, inspiring. She showed us multiple techniques and we each made 4 different items, like table runners, kindle covers, bowls, bags, and wall hangings. She even helped me do a nuno felted runner when I asked for it, even though she didn't plan on doing any nuno felting. She provided all the materials and the workspace was roomy and comfortable. It was a great fun way to spend the weekend. Many thanks Adrienne, Marta


Attended: After Workshop - Batik Intro

While batik is a very cool technique to use, I didn't learn much in this course. The teacher for this class had rented this space outside of her regular studio and did not really have the right materials to do a good demonstration. She had a hot, oversized pot of wax that she put in the middle of a table, where people couldn't safely reach in to dip their paintbrushes without risking burning their hands or arms. She also didn't really talk about any additional techniques about how to paint on fabric with the wax, or what kinds of things might look better on the fabric. At the end of the class, you just wound up with the swatches of linen that you scribbled on - nothing real. Would not take this again.


Attended: Leather Working 101

This course was really fantastic. I learned a lot of skills is such a short amount of time and I really enjoyed every second of it. Kat, the instructor, is phenomenal. She gave individualized attention to each person and really was knowledgable and helpful. I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn how to make small leather goods, or just wants to learn a new skill.


Attended: Leather Working 101

The class was great! We learned lots of great techniques and each had as much one-on-one time with Kat (the teacher) as we needed. We were also able to modify the preplanned projects to fit our preferences. I came out of the class with three piece I actually like so I would say it was a success. If you are signing up (which you should) I would recommend bringing a couple yards of leather, as there was a limited supply of large pieces. All leather-working tools were provided as well as a list of places to get everything we need to do it ourselves in the future.


Attended: Sewing 101: Reclaim Your Closet

Given the small class size, the teacher was able to give each participant personal attention and help with their individual project(s). In addition to working on your own project, a portion of each lesson is spent on learning and practising various sewing/alteration techniques. Also outside of class hours you are given access to the studio to further work on your projects. The Manhattan studio is comfortable and adequately equipped. It is easy to get to - just a three minute from Washington Sq Station. All in all this was a great experience and good value for money. I also met a great group of people that I will keep in touch with.

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