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Naturally Weaving, Tapestry Weaving with Plant Dyed Fibers

Explore the exciting world of natural dyes and weaving in “Naturally Weaving, Tapestry Weaving with Plant Dyed Fibers,” a workshop offered by 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, October 30 & 31. All around us, there are plants that may seem ordinary, but with some knowledge they can yield the richest and most beautiful colors. Whether it is onion skins or annatto seeds from the local grocer, goldenrod picked from a roadside, or a more exotic dye such as indigo and cochineal that have been cultivated and traded worldwide, students will learn how to extract color that is lightfast, permanent, and brilliant. As long as humans have been using plants to dye we have been weaving those fibers into clothing, tapestries and functional goods. Workshop participants will learn several tapestry weaving techniques such as hatching, supplemental weft, Rya knots and more on tabletop looms. The registration deadline is October 28.