Natural Dyeing with Plants with Phylleri Ball

Natural Dyeing with Plants with Phylleri Ball


Join Phylleri Ball of Three Sisters Weaving to learn the beautiful art of making vibrant natural dyes with vegetables, flowers, roots and trees. During this workshop participants will explore how plant dyes are created from vegetables, flowers, roots, and trees, as well as how to use mordants to keep the dyes light and color fast.  Participants will dye two types of fabric, cotton and wool, to observe how different fibers respond to natural dyes. Participants will take home dyed samples.

Phylleri Ball is a fiber artist with a passion for natural dyeing and farm-raised wool and Mohair. Her love of plant medicine began in 1979, when studying with Rosemary Gladstar at the California School of Herbal Studies. Phylleri and her family moved to Pennsylvania in 1998 and established Steam Valley Fiber Farm, where they sustainably raised 100 head of Border Leicester Sheep, Colored Angora Goats and Nubian Goats for 17 years. Their livestock were raised organically, with botanical and homeopathic medicine for herd health care. Phylleri’s fiber arts skills include, spinning, weaving, dyeing, knitting, crocheting and felting. In 2014, Phylleri and her husband, Dr. Gregory Pais, N.D., sold their farm and moved their dairy herd to the mountains near Nederland to live with their two sons. Phylleri’s Colorado business, Three Sisters Weaving, reflects the strong sisterly influence and support of her two sisters who also are weavers. The long hours once spent farming are now dedicated to making goat cheese, high elevation gardening, weaving, dyeing and playing Celtic music.

Date: Friday, June 21
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: Kitchenette

Cancellations within 2 weeks of workshop are NOT REFUNDABLE, but may be transferrable.

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