1-Day Eco-Dyeing Workshop in Healdsburg CA

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1-Day Eco-Dyeing Workshop in Healdsburg CA


Mandisa will be showing and selling her work at the Healdsburg Art Festival on September 12 & 13, 2015. While in Healdsburg, she will teach an eco-dyeing class. See below for details.

Eco-Dyeing on Silk and Wool

Date: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Location: Healdsburg Cnter for the Arts, 130 Plaza St., Healdsburg, CA 95448

Time: 9:30-4:30PM

COST: $120 PLUS $30 materials fee (Materials Fee will be paid on-site)

No previous experience is required.

CLASS DESCRIPTION:  Eco-dyeing is the process of using plant materials to color fabric. It is a magical process, and each result is distinctive and unique. We will use two processes in this workshop: steaming and immersing.

Mandisa will provide two 16-inch silk scarves to each participant. See below for additional materials participants should bring.


  • Leaves to Share: eucalyptus, smoke bush, maple, ferns, oak, rose leaves, etc.
  • Onion Skins to Share: Red, Yellow or both (THE MORE THE BETTER-Get them from your grocer!)
  • Additional Fabrics to dye: 100% silk, 100% wool, or silk/wool blends (scarves and blouses are suggested, white or ivory only, as commercially dyed items can affect the dye pot).  Note: Please wash all items you are bringing, even if they are new.
  • Rusty found metal objects     
  • A Plastic apron      
  • A Large Plastic Bowl
  • A Plastic grocery bag   
  • Scissors
  • Wooden Dowels or Copper Tubing (1 dowel per item to dye)

About Mandisa Smith: Mandisa is a fiber artist from Detroit, Michigan. She first learned felting more than 20 years ago, and she has expanded her knowledge through workshops with several world renowned fiber artists, including Vilte Kazlauskaite (Lithuania), Leiko Uchiama (Japan) and Irit Dulman (Tel Aviv). She is co-owner of Detroit Fiber Works.

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