Natural Gradient Dyeing - April 27

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Taught by Armen Keuchguerian

All materials are provided for this one-day workshop and you'll go home 5 mini-skeins of your own naturally dyed yarn using a mordant gradient technique.


Mordants are the fixing agents in natural dyeing and are usually comprised of metal salts. They create the link between dye and fibre and influence the final colour. This workshop will introduce participants to the possibilities of gradients with natural dyeing using two different mordents. We'll explore the mordanting steps / pre-treatment of the yarn with alum and iron at varying ratios, the dye extraction, and dyeing of the skeins, as well as touch upon some of the theory and varied applications of natural dyes. All materials will be supplied for this one day workshop, and you will go home with 5 mini-skeins of your own naturally dyed yarn in a gradient colorway.

Previous natural dyeing experience is recommend for this workshop. If you would like to participate and have never dyed yarn before we suggest taking the Intro to Natural Dyeing workshop first.

  • Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024
  • Time: 10:00am-3:30pm (includes a short lunch break)
  • Location: Sweet Paprika dye studio (137 rue Saint-Ferdinand, room 223, Montreal)
  • Fee: $135 + tax (includes all materials)
  • Workshop will run with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 students.
  • We require payment in full in order to reserve a space.
  • We have a 5-day cancellation policy. Your payment will not be refunded unless you cancel at least 5 days before the workshop start time.
  • We reserve the right to cancel classes due to low enrolment. Should this occur, all class fees will be refunded.
  • This class is bilingual.

COVID-19 Policy: Since participants will be working in close proximity we reserve the right to require masks depending on the current Covid infection levels and the needs of fellow students. We will confirm masking requirements with participants the week before the workshop. Please note that our studio is located in a shared space and we can’t guarantee that other tenants accessing their spaces within the room during the workshop time will be masked.



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