Colours: from the Land to Fleece

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Date(s) - 12/09/2021 - 24/10/2021
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Trillium Park


Led by Sharon Kallis,  this dye studio intensive over four Sundays is a chance to work with some of the iconic dye plantings from the Means of Production  and Trillium gardens. Over the  sessions we will dye two small white and grey sheep fleece that have been pre-mordanted with  alum. The group of 7 will collectively share the raw dyed wool coming from each dye bath, giving everyone a wide library of local colour for autumn spinning, felting and other winter fibre work.

Plants to be used include madder, weld, goldenrod, coreopsis, rosemary, pokeberry and various tree leaves and barks. With different fleece and modifiers such as alkali, citric acid and iron our colour range from each  dye bath multiplies!

Colour range expected includes: reds to pinks, golds, oranges and yellow, pale yellow greens to sage, purples and browns. The fleece will be mid-length Gotland X from Barnston island chosen specifically for ease of use for new or novice spinners. Participants will leave with nearly 2 pounds of raw wool in a rainbow of local colour and a solid understanding of colour extraction and natural dying. Extra bonus: there is often time while pots are simmering for handwork and those needing to learn fundamentals of drop spindling will have opportunities to practice with guidance from Sharon.

$270 includes all materials.

Session 1  Sundays Sept 12 and 19, 1-5pm

Madder, rosemary, coreopsis, goldenrod, weld

Session 2  Sundays October 17 1-5pm and 24th, 12-4pm

Pokeberry, fruit wood and leaves, tansy, other end of season bounty

MOP Garden visit and madder harvest (optional):

Saturday Sept 11, 1-3pm

All studio sessions are held at our outdoor studio under cover when required. Dress accordingly, bring layers, personal snacks and a cup for tea.


This event is fully booked.