Natural Dyeing Class - September 10

September 10th, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Rain or Shine)
$100 per student
Pack a picnic lunch

There are so many lovely plants in the world, and many of them can be used to dye yarns!

Please join us in discovering the wide variety of colors produced by nature. We'll dye a few of the more common colors and venture into the magical world of indigo, too.

You will learn the basics of cleaning and prepping yarn for dyeing, making dyes, using mordents, and dyeing wool and other materials.

Students will take home several skeins of dyed yarn to use for their own projects and the knowledge to start their own dyeing processes.

You'll be delighted with the rich or soft colors you can achieve with these methods. If you are interested in growing plants for coloring, we will also cover what plants can be used for a dye garden. There is something for everyone!

Sue Helmken - The Barefoot Weaver

Sue Helmken is a textile artist with 40 years of experience in weaving, dyeing, and teaching. Her journey as a textile artist began at East Carolina University, and she has continued learning new techniques by experimenting and by studying with fiber artists such as Madelyn Van der Hoogt, Alice Schlein, Barbara Cooper, Donna Sullivan, Jozef Bajus, Laura Sims, and Holly Brackmann. She also studied at the Penland School of Crafts and the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Sue was a juried member of Gallery 209 in Savannah, GA, Fiberworks Gallery and The Potomac Fiberarts Gallery in the Torpedo Factory of Alexandria, VA, and Studio Fiberarts at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA. Her work has been accepted in juried shows throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, most recently at The Blackrock Arts Center, the Creative Crafts Council, Sweetwater Center for the Arts, The Art League of Alexandria, VA, and The Workhouse Center for the Arts. She worked with the staff at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History on the Hyperbolic Crocheted Coral Reef project. She taught weaving and dyeing at Armstrong Atlantic State University and taught workshops for The Blue Ridge Fiber Guild, The Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore, The Piedmont Fiber Guild and other groups throughout the southeast. She offers a variety of workshops as well as private & small group lessons.

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