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Plant-based Natural Dyes (In-Person)


Maddy Bartsch


Date & Time: August 14, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Class Fee: $65.00
Class fee includes cost of material for this class, if provided.

Skill Level: Beginner


Marine Mills Folk School
550 Pine Street
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047 United States

Have you wanted to try plant-based dyeing but didn’t know where to begin?

In this in-person outside class, you will learn about the what, why and how of plant-based dyes before trying it out using plant-based dyes grown right here in Minnesota!

We’ll explore multiple methods of plant-based dyeing including bundle dyeing, the practice of enclosing and steaming plants in textiles to extract pigment, along with whole-dyestuff vats using locally grown plants.

You will be provided with everything you need to learn with our fantastic instructor, Maddy Bartsch. Maddy has worked with textiles from the farm to the sewing machine and is excited to share her knowledge and love of the natural world with you.

No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome!

Students should bring:

  • Apron (or old shirt etc.) and gloves
  • Mask
  • Plastic bag to bring home dyed items
  • A pen or pencil for note taking 
  • A snack or bag lunch
The registration fee for this class includes a materials fee of $15 plus the class fee of $50, for a total of $65.
Our current Covid procedures to keep our instructors and students safe will be sent with the class details, about a week before the class.

Be aware we may cancel class if a minimum number of registrations is not reached. We work to balance teachers’ need to plan for materials with students’ busy schedules — please register as early as possible to help your instructor prepare for the class!

How we are keeping you safe during Covid-19

General Age Policy:
All classes are for adults (18+) unless otherwise noted.

Class Minimums:
Be aware we may cancel 5 days before class date if a minimum number of registrations not reached. We work to balance teachers' need to plan for a class with students' busy schedules -- not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!

Read all of our school policies.


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