Indigo Dyeing + Vat Making – Virtual Class
May 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
This is a 2 session virtual class.
Date: May 15 + 22, 2021
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM PST
Registration Closes: May 5, 2021, in order to receive materials on time.
Spend your morning playing with indigo in all its forms and reveling in the magic of blue. If you are curious about indigo and want to create the famed indigo vats this is the perfect workshop for you. Artist and flower farmer, Julie Beeler from Bloom & Dye, will lead students through creating two different small-scale vats, the famed fructose vat, and the workhorse iron vat, and learn the process of using these vats for dyeing fibers with indigo. Everyone will create an indigo color chart that will document the results of the vats across different fiber types. A kit will be sent in advance of the class so everyone can create their own vats.
The first class will cover general natural dye techniques, dive into the world of indigo, how it works, and walk through the process of making the vats and dipping the fiber, which the students can do in real-time with the instructor from their own home. The second class will look at the participants’ results from the previous week and walk through how to finish off their fibers with a soy milk dip. We will discuss how to maintain and feed your vat and walk through some basic shibori techniques to dye the textiles in the indigo vats. The instructional craft book will allow everyone to continue their exploration in more depth at their own pace.
Materials Kit Includes
Organic Indigo Powder
Vat Supplies Fructose, Lime + Iron
Fabric Swatches OR Wool Yarn (please select at checkout)
1 cotton bandana
¼ cup of dried soy beans
Students will receive an e-mail with a list of needed supplies to acquire prior to the first workshop.
Skill Requirements: Beginner Friendly
Taught by: Julie Beeler
This is an online class, where we will be using the platform Zoom. Please download and test BEFORE the class so we can start promptly! Fiber Circle Studio is not responsible for any student technical issues. The class will be recorded and available for 1 week after the class. By signing up, you are consenting to audio/video recording.
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