The “ learning to dye” focus group is exploring various dyeing methods, both synthetic (fiber reactive and acid0 and natural sources (leaves, flowers, barks, heartwoods, insects, lichens and mushrooms.) Fibers such as cellulose based (cotton, bamboo, etc) and protein based (silk, wool, etc.) prefer different dyes. Each month we try dye methods and manipulations of fibers. Each dye has a unique method of “setting”which makes the process fun. Sometimes we can predict what will happen but sometimes it is serendipitous. Another favorite activity is printing with botanicals on paper and fibers.
We usually meet the third Monday of the month, preferably outside when we can (usually at the Oronoco City Park).