Marcia Houston will start with a short lecture on the history of natural dyes. We will get to know a few of the early dye plants and people like Thomas Jefferson and Eliza Lucas Pinkiney, who tried to bring them to the colonies for production. John Bartram and is son William offered plants native to America for sale to use as dyestuffs. We will also look at the processing and use of natural dyes by local weavers and woolen mills. There will be examples of dyed wool, dyestuff and mordents, and an opportunity to dye wool outside with local native plants.
$5 - Registration with payment (payable to instructor) deadline: 8/19. Call 610-374-8839.