intro to plant dyes: mordants, additives and tannins

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Making plant or natural color fast should not be difficult to achieve. Mordanting is the process of "fixing" color. It allows soluble dyes to be insoluble and makes color permanent.

In this workshop, attendees will explore and understand how to properly mordant their materials for dyeing. Attendees will also learn how to select mordants based on fiber types.

At the completion of this workshop, attendees will mordant their materials at their own work station and will be able to move on to intro to plant dyes: plant dyeing with extracts, ground, foraged materials and kitchen waste.

Attendees will be able to take mordants home to practice further.

Attendees interested in completing the intro to plant dyes series will receive 15% off their tuition. All levels must be added to cart at checkout for discount activation. 

BYOF (bring your own fabric/fiber/yarn). Attendees are required to BYOF. Fabric or yarn must be 100% natural (cotton, silk, hemp, linen, bamboo, tencel, wool, etc.). Fabric blends with 5% lyrca or synthetic are not recommended. Questions or concerns? Please contact us here. 

Attendees joining at this level should have materials properly prepared for mordanting. If you completed intro to plant dyes: preparation, pH, and water types you will continue with this offering.

This workshop will cover:

  • mordanting for cellulose and protein fibers
  • WOF with examples + worksheet
  • additives
  • tannins
  • pantry mordants

Workshop calendar (select a time below)

Saturday, September 9, 2023 10am-1pm

Thursday, November 2, 2023 6pm-8:30pm

Skill level + age

Eager beginner or confident beginner (completed intro to plant dyes: preparation, pH and water types, some experimentation with plant dyes), and perfect for adults (14+).

Workshop duration 

One day, approximately 2.5-3 hours.

Additional information

Tuition cost includes workshop materials, handouts, and lecture unless otherwise noted.

Attendees will receive a 10% off discount code that can be used for products available at Modest Transitions and future workshops (excludes community workshops, private consultations, and rentals).

If you encounter any issues with registration or want to be put on a waiting list for a sold-out class, please contact the studio at 267-312-9136.

Class size is limited.

Refunds + registration policies 

All workshops, classes, and camps are non-refundable. If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your workshop to a friend or family member. Please let us know ahead of time by giving us a call or emailing customer service at

In the event of a workshop cancellation due to enrollment, instructor illness, weather, etc., you will receive 72 hours advanced notice and a full refund.