ONLINE: Natural Dye: Kitchen Edition

ONLINE: Natural Dye: Kitchen Edition (5 Weeks)

Level: Beginner/Advanced Beginner

Price: LAC Members $160.00 / Non-Members $165.00

Lab Fee: $25.00

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, food safe mordanting, and the dynamic range and strength of color from dyes such as cochineal, onion skins, coffee grinds, avocado pits and peels. Ages 13 and up are welcome to register for this class. No experience necessary All levels welcome

No Class Available.

Student Information

Supplies in kit:

  • Some silk fabric for samples
  • Some cotton fabric for samples
  • Some thread and hand sewing needle
  • Alum
  • Cochineal
  • Some rubber bands and popsicle sticks

Supplies Students need: can be purchased at the grocery store

  • A large stainless steel or enamel pot or two with lids (we are using food safe ingredients) No copper, example
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Stainless steel or plastic measuring spoons
  • Wooden or plastic dye-only stirring spoon
  • Oven mitts
  • 1 small bag dry soy beans
  • Yellow and/or red onion skins from 3 or more onions
  • At least 2 cups of used coffee grounds
  • Avocado skins and pits from 3 or more avocados
  • At least 2 tablespoons of turmeric
  • Additional, optional, ingredients to be discussed during the first class

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


Dharma Trading for additional fabric

You will be emailed Zoom meeting instructions, including a unique URL and meeting code to join the class at least 1 day before the start of the class. If you do not receive an email from your instructor or registered within 24 hours of the first scheduled class, please contact the front desk ASAP.

Class cancellations can happen if enrollment minimums are not met 2 days prior to the first class. If your class is canceled, you will be contacted via phone or email.

If your class comes with a required or optional kit:  All kits will be available for contactless pick-up the weekend prior to the session's start date, Thursday, September 10 (Session I) & Thursday, October 15 (Session II), between 12-3 pm.