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Sun, Oct 20, 5:00pm - 7:45pm

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East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
20 Grattan St
Btwn Bogart St & Morgan Ave
Brooklyn, New York 11206
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 4
Teacher: Karin Persan

What you'll learn in this dye class:

Forage for your dye from nature, grow some in your garden, or grab from your kitchen! 

In this class you'll learn why we need to properly prep your fabrics, use natural materials to get lasting colors, and how to use modifiers to change shades or fix your work.  Even some shibori and bundle dyeing. 

Each student will get to dye 3 items, to learn how to bundle dye, stove top, and vat dye. 

Leave knowing how to start your own dye journal, store your dye baths to get the most out of your foraged materials, and where to source materials from earth conscious companies.

All materials will be provided, but students welcome to bring smaller all natural articles that are prewashed in pH balanced soap. (More info with sign up)

(In this class we do not have the time prep or mordant yourselves.  If interested in the full experience, you must sign up for 4 session "World of Natural Dyes.")

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Refund Policy
48 hours notice for refunds.

24 hours notice for credit to reschedule your date.

Less 24 hours notice we have the right to refuse refund or credit.


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Better Than Jam's Store & Studio

All classes at this location

Take the L train to Morgan Ave and look for the mint green building.

Start Dates (6)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
5:00pm - 7:45pm Karin Persan 1 $85
10:00am - 1:00pm Karin Persan 1 $85
10:00am - 12:45pm Karin Persan 1 $85
5:00pm - 7:45pm Karin Persan 1 $85
5:00pm - 7:45pm Karin Persan 1 $85
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
6:30pm - 9:15pm Karin Persan 1 $85

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Question from Elizabeth W.
Will you be able to learn how to dye leather?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Students can bring materials to sample. But be warned that not all leather will dye. They can add leather info to the regular class discussion. The instructor always asks students prior to the session if there is something they would like to accomplish so the instructor can prepare for each class.
Question from Lauren H.
I'm interested in dying paper, not necessarily fabric. Could I bring an assortment of hand-made, rice, Thai etc.... papers to work with? Thank you. Lauren Hunt
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Lauren! You are welcome to bring papers. The instructor personally does not work with papers, so can’t instruct properly but she is down for the experimentation.
Question from Deanna M.
Will we be dying objects we can take home and use- tea towels, a scarf, or something similar, or will we just be practicing with scrap fabric?
Answer from Nessa G. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
The school will provide test fabrics that you can use to track your history with the process, and bandana and kitchen towel size pieces for final works. If you want to bring fabric, you must make sure that it is all natural fiber and pre-washed.

Reviews of Classes at Better Than Jam's Store & Studio (60)

(60 Reviews)
Dyeing with Nature
Reviewed by Anonymous on 10/7/2019
Karin was such a wonderful teacher & this class was so interesting. I loved learning about all the materials and how the react with each other to create different colors. Will definitely be going back to learn more!
Dyeing with Nature
Reviewed by Anonymous on 10/5/2019
loved this class- Karin is amazing!
Dyeing with Nature
Reviewed by Lucy M. on 10/4/2019
So fun and informative. Will definitely take another class at Better than Jam, Karin is GREAT!
Dyeing with Nature
Reviewed by Anonymous on 8/11/2019
Entering the door of Better Than Jam's Studio located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I was immediately inspired. The space and interesting artworks around the studio increased my sense of anticipation. Karin is a patient and thorough teacher. She brought a group of people with diverse backgrounds in arts through a series of well planned and practiced exercises. I left with three samples of different processes utilizing natural dyeing as well as some Shibori techniques. I look forward to further study with Karin. Highly recommended.
Dyeing with Nature
Reviewed by Katy on 7/18/2019
Really informative and thorough class! Karin keeps the material engaging and fun. I learned so much to improve and add to my dye projects. Very happy a printed syllabus was provided to I can refer back to it later! Thank you!
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Better Than Jam's Store & Studio

Better Than Jam is 3 parts. 1st; it's the textile printing and fashion line of owner Karin Persan, since 2007. 2nd; it's a storefront hosting locally made jewelry, gifts, fashion and accessories, since 2010. 3rd; it's a common use studio space with a core group of 7 studio residents, but also rentable...

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