ONLINE: First-Time Natural Dye

ONLINE: First-Time Natural Dye (5 Weeks)

Level: Beginner/Advanced Beginner

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

Lab Fee: $20.00

Class Description

Discover a wide range of natural dye techniques from home. We will explore various colors and mordants on silk using scraps and extras from your kitchen. Learn new shibori techniques, food-safe mordanting, eco-dye, 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.

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Student Information

Kit includes:

  • Silk scarf for eco-dye
  • Some silk fabric for samples
  • Some thread and a hand sewing needle
  • Alum
  • Cochineal
  • Some rubber bands and popsicle sticks


Supplies students need:

  • A large stainless steel or enamel pot or two with lids (we are using food safe ingredients) 
  • Glass measuring cup
  • Reusable kitchen gloves
  • Stainless steel or plastic measuring spoons
  • Oven mitts
  • Wooden or plastic stirring spoon
  • Yellow and/or red onion skins from 3 or more onions
  • At least 2 cups of used coffee grounds

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


This interactive online class is presented via Zoom. Please download Zoom (, and register your email address prior to your first class.

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. Please call before picking up to confirm that the kit is ready.