Last weekend was a feral knitter's dream: a 3-day workshop in natural dyeing at Deep Color Studio. Claudia Hoffberg, artist and owner of the studio, teaches these weekend intensives every so often. Each one is different!
We focussed on wool, both regular and superwash, cotton tape yarns, ramie, and silk fabric. We worked with madder--regular mordants in regular water versus no cream of tartar in hard water--and lac and indigo (setting up wool and cotton pots) and mixtures of other natural dye extracts. We can dyed and immersion dyed and rainbow painted and steamed. We worked hard all weekend! We spun and knit on the patio to relax. The days were punctuated by potluck lunches amid the dye garden plants--an idylic spot.
Here are some enticing photos:
Isn't that lac on silk absolutely gorgeous?
My favorite thing? Seeing the incredibly intense colors on cotton! Who knew?
Thank you everyone for your anniversary wishes! I'm a fortunate woman, all right--and now I'm out the door for Meg Swansen's Knitting Camp. I'll miss my family, but I'm looking forward to this break... See you next week!