Introduction to Natural Dyes, Native and Historic


Come learn the art and history of fabric dyeing using light fast and color fast natural dyes. Over 15 historic as well as native dyes will be utilized in class including indigo, cochineal, and osage orange.


The class fee includes both the materials fee and the workshop fee.

$ 80

Skill Level

No prior experience required


Saturday All Day,  hours

Morning classes start at 9 am. Afternoon classes start at 1 pm. All-day classes meet in both time slots, with an hour break for lunch.

Students to Bring

  • Note taking materials
  • Students should wear clothes they do not mind getting stained
  • Students may want to wear an apron
  • Students may bring small yarn samples to drop into the dye pot

Instructor Will Provide

  • All materials used in the class
  • A three ring binder of dye recipes for each student to take home
  • A ring of yarn samples with tags for each student to take home

Instructor Bio

Gina Levesque

Artist and biologist Gina Levesque has been working in traditional fiber arts since a young girl. She has been dyeing with natural materials and researching their history for over twenty years. Gina has taken (and taught) many natural dye workshops throughout the country. Her fiber art business, Across Generations, provides supplies and beginning projects to those interested in inkle weaving, rug hooking, penny rugs, and natural dyeing.


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