Join us at the August Maker edition of the Chapel Hill Farmer's Market! This market is so much fun, and we'll have lots of back-to-school items available including reusable organic beeswax coated snack and sandwich wraps, lunch sacks, pencil cases, and other unique items that will be sure to bring a smile whenever used. It's going to be hot, but fall is around the corner. Check out our selection of high quality, domestically produced yarns and fibers as well.
Always a fun time! Come check out my work and the work of a few dozen others at the Armory downtown. I'll have some fun back-to-school items as well as Halloween costumes (since I think about Halloween year-round).
This will be my last Patchwork market for 2017, so don't miss it!
Carolina Fiberfest - NC State Fairgrounds
Natural dyeing is making a comeback! Join textile artist Diana Cathcart for a visual exploration of natural dyeing in North Carolina. Participants will learn about native dyestuffs that grow in the Piedmont region of NC, as well as non-native plants that can be grown here with relative ease. Diana will give a brief overview of the natural dye process as well. Attendees are encouraged to ask as many questions as they’d like.
Join Diana at the Durham Arts Council for a half-day workshop where you'll learn the basics of natural dyeing. We'll walk through the major components of the natural dye process and experiment with ethically sourced natural dyes, including black walnut, a plant native to the US and NC. Students will take home several dye samples of varying materials as well as resources to support their continued practice at home.
Cost: $27 per person plus $30 materials fee for use of dyes and materials in class
Durham Arts Council
$27 + $30 materials fee
Students will learn the process of dyeing with natural indigo, a centuries old dyestuff that produces a beautiful spectrum of blue. Participants will learn about and practice the three major components of the natural dye process- scouring, mordanting, and dyeing. They will have the opportunity to experiment with various resist dyeing techniques and exposure times. Participants will use cotton material for the dye process, and each student will get to dye and take home a skein of wool or alpaca yarn.