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Etsy Hands-On: Natural Dye

May 16, 2012

by Claire Comfort handmade and vintage goods

Ombré and shibori and ikat, oh my! On Thursday, May 31, the Textile Arts Center visits the Etsy Labs to teach Etsy Hands-On: Natural Dye. RSVP and join us!

Isa Rodrigues from the Textile Arts Center will talk about natural dye and show participants an eco-print technique where silk is wrapped around natural items and dipped into dye baths made from onionskins, flowers and leaves.

Textile Arts Center

Images taken by Isa during an India Flint workshop.

We’ll provide the dye and silk handkerchiefs. All you need to bring is 4-6 small sticks, rocks, pieces of bark, or other natural items to use in the dye process and a plastic bag to transport your finished projects. Because of limited space in the dye baths, only the silk handkerchiefs provided will be dyed.

Textile Arts Center

Dyeing for more? The Textile Arts Center offers monthlong and weekend intensive classes in both Brooklyn and Manhattan. These talented people are also in the process of transforming an empty lot near their Brooklyn studio into a unique CSA, Sewing Seeds. Membership provides access to natural dye plants and workshops teaching you to use them. You can read all about it here.

More Details:
Event: Hands-On: Natural Dye
What: Learn about natural dye from the Textile Arts Center.
Use the eco-print technique to dye a silk handkerchief.
Enter a raffle to win surprises.
Where: Etsy Labs 55 Washington St. Suite 712, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Neighborhood: DUMBO; Cross Streets: Front & Water
When: Thursday, May 31.
Time: 5 p.m.—8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Can’t make it in person? Watch the live demo on Thursday, May 31 at 4:15 p.m.

Hands-On: Dirt


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