Natural Dyeing: Forest & Field

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Natural Dyeing: Forest & Field

August 17 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

$50 – $80

*This event is free for participants in MOFGA’s Journeyperson program, as well as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community members.

Learn to dye fabrics with  locally foraged plant materials in this introductory natural dyeing workshop, open to new and experienced dyers alike. Participants will tie-dye cotton bandanas with goldenrod and experiment with wool yarn using bark, leaves, seeds, and roots from native and invasive species that can provide lasting color. Additional samples dyed with native and non-native plants will be displayed along with dye records and finished items. Participants will receive a handout listing sources for materials and trustworthy resources for further learning.


Instructor Jude Hsiang gew up in Maine and lives in South China, after retiring as a botany instructor for the University of Connecticut Extension Master Gardener Program. She has been exploring the ancient traditions of natural dyeing for almost 50 years and teaching for a dozen. A lifelong knitter and gardener, Jude is especially interested in dyeing Maine-raised and Maine-spun yarns with local plants. She also uses dyestuffs from abroad.

All supplies will be provided, including nitrile gloves for those who wish to use them. Wear an old shirt or apron if desired. Stains are unlikely. Note-taking is encouraged! 

This workshop will be held primarily outdoors, but there are indoor facilities including bathrooms nearby. The event will move fully indoors if needed due to weather. If you have any questions about site or workshop accessibility, please feel welcome to reach out.

Space is limited to 15 participants. While this workshop is geared toward adult learners, children of an appropriate age may also attend. 

Questions? Email [email protected].

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August 17
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$50 – $80
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Unity, ME 04988 United States
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