Northern Michigan, the seasons provide a
steady rhythm of change for our lives.
My spirits are highest when autumn begins to emerge with her icy breaths
and vibrant foliage – as the leaves turn color, I am provided with inspiration
to alter the color of all of the natural fiber within my reach. Black walnuts are dropping to the ground,
marigolds are still in bloom and ready to be dead-headed, and the apple tre◦es are awaiting pruning; the fall is our
last opportunity to harvest the flora found out-of-doors, edibles and dyestuffs
alike, that (hopefully) will soon be covered in snow.
On the last Sunday of this month, my friend, Audrey Atkinson, and I will be hosting a “Natural Dye Play Date” at the Martha Wagbo Farm and
. We will have 3 to 4 vats of natural dye
prepared to “play” in. These may include black walnut hulls, onion skins, apple
bark, and marigolds. You are encouraged
to bring your own pre-wetted* silk, cotton, wool, linen, hemp, etcetera, to dip
into the vats. If you have no natural fabric
on hand, do not despair, for we will have silk and cotton that has been
pre-mordanted (with alum) available to buy.
Also available to purchase will be dyestuffs and mordants provided by Mishiiken Studio of Alanson. Education
* Fabric that has been soaked in water for at least an hour will take up the dye better.
Come play and dye with us - no experience required! This will be a fun activity for the whole family but please keep in mind that we will be dealing with vats of simmering liquid – so caution with young’ns is advised. Please bring the following if you have them: rubber gloves, string or rubber bands for tie-dyeing, a needle and thread (just in case), and a bucket or plastic bag for transporting wet fibers. We’ll have some supplies on hand as well. Also, we'll likely be working in a non-heated space (except for the stove tops!) so dress appropriately - layers are good. We would love for you to attend no matter your financial situation - a donation of $5-$10+ is greatly appreciated if you are able. Also, bring some snacks to share if you like and we will do the same – you know we’ve gotta get ready for those cold winter months ahead!
Hope to see ya’ll out there!
-Jasmine Lace Petrie
-Jasmine Lace Petrie
What: Natural Dye Play Date
Who: Audrey Atkinson and Jasmine Petrie and Y-O-U
When: Sunday, October 28th, 2012. From Noon-3pm.
Where: Martha Wagbo Farm and
Why: Because we can!
Suggested Donation: $5-$10