ONLINE Natural Dye: Kitchen Edition

ONLINE Natural Dye: Kitchen Edition (5 Weeks)

Level: MultiLevel

Price: LAC Members $145.00 / Non-Members $150.00

Lab Fee: $15.00

Class Description

Discover a wide range of natural dye techniques from home. We will explore various colors and mordants on silk and cotton using scraps and extras from your kitchen. Learn new shibori techniques, more about the mordanting processes from home, and the dynamic range and strength of color from dyes such as cochineal, onion skins, coffee grinds, and avocado pits and peels. Class kits will be available for contactless curbside pickup at Lillstreet, which include alum, chalk, cochineal, and some fabric. Additional ingredients can be found in your kitchen.

Prerequisite: Any department Natural Dye class or equivalent experience 

10 am-12 pmSaturday, May 16, 2020 to Saturday, June 13, 2020Amy TaylorRegister Online

Student Information

This interactive online class is hosted via Zoom. Before your first class, please download Zoom (, and register your email address.

You will be emailed Zoom meeting instructions at least 1 day before the start of the class. This email will include a unique URL and your meeting code.

Classes that do not meet enrollment minimums will be canceled two days prior to the class start date.

All class times are CST


Supplies in kit:

  • Silk fabric
  • Some twine and crochet thread
  • Cochineal

All kits will be available for contactless pick-up Thursday, May 7th - Saturday, May 9th & May 11th - May 15th between the hours of 12pm - 3pm. When you arrive, please call the front desk at 773-769-4226 to notify a staff member.


Supplies Students need:

  • A table or work space to spread out. We will be making a small mess, please protect your work space and wear clothing that you don't mind getting messy.
  • A non-food safe bucket or bowl
  • A metal pot with lid (we are using food safe ingredients in the pot)
  • Hand sewing needles
  • Upholstery thread (white or black)
  • Popsicle sticks/ disposable chopsticks 
  • Rubber bands
  • Soy beans
  • Onion skins
  • Used coffee grounds
  • Avocado skins and pits
  • Turmeric

Ingredients you can pick and choose based on what is available

  • Pomegranate skins
  • Black tea leaves 
  • Marigold 
  • Walnut hulls
  • Experiment with edible supplies you already have in your kitchen!

Optional Modifiers

  • Cream of tartar
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Baking powder

Helpful tip: Clean the skins well. Store dried grounds and skins in the freezer to prevent mold. 

Where to purchase materials:

Your local grocery store


Ships from Vancouver 


Hill Creek Fiber Studio,

Ships from Missouri