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Gualala Arts Workshop
Vibrant Rainbows and Earthy Mellows:
A Natural Dye Workshop
Instructor: Anni Redding

June 8, 2013
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Register by:   May 26, 2013
Tuition:   $80 members; $90 non-members
Materials fee:   $7
Materials list:   Materials for Natural Dye Workshop

A Natural Dye Workshop Exploring nature's palette on yarns from animal fiber. Participants will learn how to create brilliant rainbow hues as well as interesting earth tones. We will begin the dye process creating a palette of rainbow colors followed by over-dyeing and introducing natural browns and grays in order to get the tones and shades of the color wheel.

The natural dyes selected will range from exotic 'traditionals' to locally gathered plants. This workshop is about how to achieve a good working understanding of using natural dyes and learn how they interact with the fibers. The importance of using mordants will also be demonstrated.

Included is a 10-page handout with recipes and instructions designed to make it easy to reproduce the dyeing at home. Participants work in teams and by the end of the day they make lovely sample cards to take home, with over 20 different colors. The natural protein fibers that we dye are selected from wool, silk, mohair and alpaca.

About the instructor

Anni Redding has worked with natural and synthetic dyes for over 20 years and has taught natural dyeing since 2005. She attended the Mendocino Arts Center's Textile Apprenticeship Program in 1990/91. In addition, she has experimented with color as a painter but found the textile media more attractive because of her growing interest in spinning and weaving. Anni's Canyon Creek Colors studio in Greenwood, CA is a place for teaching people about the beauty of color and appreciation of nature.

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The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

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