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Class: Intro to Solar Dyeing

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    Level: Absolute Beginner
    Instructor: Erin Battle

    Have you ever wanted to try your hand at natural yarn dyeing?
    In this class, you will learn about the process of naturally dyeing yarn with the sun as the heat element. No dyeing experience or knowledge of natural dyes required! Students will receive an introduction to natural dyes, including what makes a good dye material and how to prepare your fiber for natural dyeing. Students will then be able to choose from the provided dye materials (or you can bring your own) to dye a full skein of yarn! All materials and equipment for dyeing will be provided for students to keep.

    Since we are using the sun as our heat element, the yarn will need to sit in the sun for a few days. Students will bring home their yarn to continue the process, and instructions will be provided for washing and proper after-care. A mini skein will also be provided to take home for future dyeing experiments.  

    All Materials Provided & Included in Class Registration Fee:
    If you would like to bring your own dye materials to experiment with, here are some common kitchen scraps and flowers that make great dyes that can be brought in:

    • Onion skins (brown or red, and just the outside skins) 
    • Avocado pits and/or skins
    • Pomegranate rinds
    • Carrot tops
    • Marigold flowers

          Additionally, if you want to make sure your clothes stay clean, consider bringing an apron to wear for dyeing (or wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty). Gloves will be provided.


    Due to the continued lower risks of Covid-19, at this time we are not currently requiring vaccination to attend classes, however, if Austin re-enters Medium or High Risk guidelines you will be asked to either present a proof of vaccination, or provide a negative covid test to attend classes/camps. Although we are not requiring proof of vaccination at this time, you may still be asked to mask during class times if you are unvaccinated to accommodate any higher risk students or teachers.

    1. If you would prefer to sign-up over the phone, call HCW at 707-7396 with credit card information to secure a spot.

    2. There is a $2 cancellation fee. A 5-day notice is required for cancellation without additional penalty. Cancellations made within 5 days of a class are subject to a 50% class charge.Cancellations made the day of class and no-shows are not refundable.

    3.Classes may be cancelled in the event of insufficient sign-ups (less than 3 students) - if we cancel a class you will be notified the week before by phone & will be given a full refund.