2023-03-29 – Working with Natural Dyes




Wednesday, March 29-Saturday, April 1 (9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00 pm-5:00 pm)


Lesley Darling


This is an in-person class hosted at the Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah, Iowa. 


Discover the magic of plants as dye in this introductory natural dyes workshop.  Working with a variety of historic dyes, we’ll work with yarns, create surface designs on silk, and get playful for colorful, exciting results!  In addition to leaving with some fabulous items, we’ll talk about the resurgence of natural dyes and best practice. Wear working clothes and prepare for some fun in the dye baths!



Apron, working clothes, note-taking supplies, small item from home to dye or consult on (such as yarn skein, shirt, etc). Washed locks are welcome but please do not bring any raw fleece.

There will be an additional materials fee of $90, payable to the instructor. Extra materials will also be available for purchase during class.

Enrollment Deadline: 

March 8, 2023

Learn more about instructor Lesley Darling here.


Please read our COVID-19 Policies here.

The Folk Art School greatly values the health and safety of its learners, teachers, and staff and is continuously monitoring local and national COVID-19 statistics, government recommendations, and peer institution guidelines. As with any activity in a public place, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 infection, please stay home. By registering for a class, attending a program, or visiting the Folk Art School, you voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure and assume them willingly and you agree to follow Vesterheim's COVID-19 policies. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and respect for the safety of our community as we navigate these difficult times. If you have additional questions, please contact the Folk Art School, at folkartschool@vesterheim.org or call 563-382-9681.

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