intro to natural dyes: mordants, additives and tannins

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Mordanting is necessary for creating a long-lasting and vibrant color from naturally derived dyes. This process essentially “fixes” the dyes, transforming soluble color into insoluble form to ensure its permanence. In this workshop, attendees will gain insight into the art of mordanting to achieve successful dye results, with an emphasis on choice of mordant for various fabrics. At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will mordant their materials independently and can then begin applying plant dyes with extracts, ground, foraged materials, or kitchen scraps. This workshop will explore mordanting for cellulose and protein fibers, WOF with examples and a worksheet, and tannins.

 Students are required to bring their own fabric/fiber/yarn, which must be 100% natural (e.g. cotton, silk, hemp, linen, bamboo, tencel, wool). Blends with 5% or more of synthetic such as Lycra are not recommended. For any questions or concerns, please contact us.

 Workshop calendar (select a time below)

Thursday, November 2, 2023 6pm-9pm

Saturday, January 20, 2024 9am-12pm

Skill level + age

Eager beginner or confident beginner (completed intro to plant dyes: preparation, pH and water types, some experimentation with mordanting), 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.

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 or contact us at

Class size is limited.

Refunds + registration policies

Workshop enrollment requires a minimum of 3 students. An email notification will be sent 3 days before class if the enrollment minimum is not met. Students will receive a full refund for canceled workshops. All workshops, classes, and camps are non-refundable if enrollment is met. If you are unable to attend, you may transfer your workshop to a friend or family member prior to the workshop. Please let us know ahead of time by giving us a call or contacting customer service at Refunds will not be given for cancellations, no-shows, or missed workshops.