Learn how to dye naturally!

You’ll see how easy it is to use natural dyes, and gain a foundation for your own natural dyeing adventures.

This workshop covers

  • using natural dyestuffs that create the entire color wheel;
  • how to set up your natural dyeing studio;
  • important safety practices for natural dyeing;
  • how to prepare your fiber for dyeing;
  • how to create natural dye extracts and dye your fiber.

Get ready to learn about natural dyeing!

Meet Dagmar Klos

Dagmar Klos

DAGMAR KLOS is a dye master, fiber artist, and teacher, and was a co-publisher and coeditor of the Turkey Red Journal, a newsletter dedicated to natural dyes. In 2002, she received the Handweavers Guild of America’s Certificate of Excellence in Dyeing. Dagmar’s colorful woven scarves have often graced the pages of Handwoven magazine. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Overview

    • Welcome!

    • Video Lesson: Introduction

    • Materials Used in This Workshop

    • About Your Instructor

    • Technical Support

  • 2

    Principles, Preparation, & Process

    • Video Lesson: Introduction to Using Natural Dyes

    • Understanding Natural Dyes

    • Natural Dyes & the Color Wheel

    • Video Lesson: Understanding the Dyeing Process

    • The Dyeing Process

    • Video Lesson: Safety

    • Basic Safety

    • Video Lesson: Dyeing Equipment

    • Basic Dyeing Equipment

    • Video Lesson: Principles Behind the Dye Process

    • Basic Principles

    • Video Lesson: Fiber Preparation

    • Before You Dye: Preparing Your Fiber

    • Video Lesson: Mordants

    • Mordanting Your Fiber

    • Video Lesson: Making Dye & Dyeing

    • Making Dye Extracts & Dyeing

    • More Info on Dye Formulas

  • 3


    • Natural Dyeing Class Handout

    • Workshop Summary