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Nordic Craft Workshop: Natural Dyes in the Scandinavian Tradition

Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Nordic Craft Workshop: Natural Dyes in the Scandinavian Tradition

The Scandinavian countries have a long tradition of using natural dyes to add color to knitware, woven cloth and thread for embroidery and woven bands. Join Duluthian Theresa Hornstein to explore the beautiful colors that can be coaxed from the flowers, leaves, roots and even the lichen and fungi common to our northern landscapes in both the Midwest and Scandinavia. Students will receive seven 25-yard skeins of yarn to dye in the colors of their choice (enough for a few small projects), and will learn how to prepare dye baths, mordant fibers, modify colors and even identify common dye plants that might already be in your backyard! This thorough introductory class will also discuss ethical harvesting, dye methods, a history of natural dyes, and the special Scandinavian techniques of using lichens for dye baths.

Students age 13-17 may be registered to accompany a registered adult.

A $25 materials fee is payable to the instructor.

Trained as a biologist, Theresa Hornstein enjoys combining traditional crafts with science. As an artisan, she blends function with beauty and encourages students to create something uniquely their own. She teaches fiber classes in several places, including the Duluth Folk School and North House Folk School, and is a member of the Nice Girls of the North Art Cooperative.

$85 ASI members / $95 non-members


For information, call 612-871-4907

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