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Dyeing Pure Wool Yarn using Natural Plants - Beginner Level Workshop

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The Wool Room at Aspen Grove Farm

756 Tompkin Rd

New Germany, Nova Scotia B0R 1E0

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This workshop on dying wool yarn with plants such as birch, aspen, madder, walnut, and apple bark will be held outdoors at Aspen Grove Farm.

In the event of rain, the workshop will still be held with lecture and discussion inside the farmhouse, but dying will still be done outside on the veranda and deck.

Registration is $85.

Workshop Outline:

  • 9 am - Coffee
  • 9:30 am - Welcome, safety and short intro
  • 9:45 - Demo - Preparing dye and mordant bath
  • 10:45 am - Theory, technical details
  • 11:15 am - Yarn dying, first dye bath
  • Lunch break in two shifts, as pots must be watched
  • 1 pm - Yarn removed from the first bath ready to rinse, continuing with development bath and the second dye bath
  • 2 pm - final rinse
  • 3:30 pm - questions, wrap-up

Workshop participants must bring:

  • Brown bag lunch
  • Closed toe, rubber sole footwear
  • Aprons, water resistant preferred
  • Good rubber gloves (not disposable)
  • Hat, sunscreen
  • Rain gear, if rain is forecast
  • Notebook and a pen, for your own notes; workbook will be provided

Each participant will leave the workshop with:

  • ten 30 gram skeinlets of dyed yarn
  • workbook with dye formulas, methods and sources.

About the Instructor: Doris Hagmann studied architecture then, as she worked in that profession in Switzerland and Scandinavia for over 25 years, she completed a program in natural wool dyeing under Erna Bächi-Nussbaumer and began developing knowledge and skills in this area. In 1992 she moved with her family to a farm in Summerville, Hants County then opened and operated the acclaimed Avon Emporium and Shipwright Inn until 2014. Doris lives on her farm where she keeps sheep. She has resumed environmentally friendly, sustainable wool dying along with spinning, knitting, and weaving. We are very pleased she is willing to share her knowledge with us.

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756 Tompkin Rd

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