We thought we’d post the following workshop to our guild series.
Dresden dyer’s guild coat of arms includes stirring and turning sticks, a reel for winding fabric, and a rake.
We felt it appropriate this season to begin a workshop series in different studio/workspaces and give each
its own little dyer’s guild.
MAX CAPACITY: 12 students
TIME: 10-4 (we will take a break in the afternoon-food nearby, kitchen space in shop.)
HOW TO SIGN UP FOR WORKSHOP: Pay ahead using paypal and send payment to
firstname.lastname@example.org, and in an email, RSVP your name and we will send you a waiver and
release of liability to sign before workshop.
Queen Elizabeth in Tyrian Purple (mollusk) and below; Shakespeare’s Globe Theater today.
We have been working on some swatches. Making lots of over dye swatches with beautifully knitted fibers.
Checkout http://www.admknitting.com/ who we have collaborated with on the swatches.
On May 14, we are part of another show. This one is jewelry specific; The Arc of Hunterdon County
Jewelry show. We will be selling our Apothecary necklaces filled with old dyestuff. Come if you can!
These apothecary necklaces are filled with indigo pigment. The pigment settles at the bottom and separates
from the rest of the liquid. When stirred or shaken it becomes much like a mini indigo vat. A real vat must be
stirred each day.
We recently started selling on Etsy. If you go to the shop bar above the link is also there.
There are still companies that do woad-indigo dyeing. Woad creates the indigo pigment and it is considered
by some to be a weed. Its origin is from England; Tender Co. celebrates woad in its native environment.
Tender Co. works with Woad-Inc. in Norfolk to do the actual dyeing.
Woad is not quite as strong as the indigo plant. You need more of the plant to dye with and often an increased
number of dips for a darker blue. Because it is often looked upon as a weed (particularly in the U.S.), it is easy
to pull and make your neighbors happy.
The Hillside is now working with Tender Co. to produce a woad-dyed cloth.