Learn about the unique qualities and process of indigo dyeing, along with dye techniques that take advantage of the indigo’s special nature. We will also work with native oak galls as an underdye.
- Learn about the process of how to make and maintain an indigo vat (using natural indigo powder, soda ash and thiox)
- Learn how and when to dye with oak galls
- Experiment with itajime (clamp dyeing), shibori (tie dyeing), and ombre (gradient dyeing) with fabric provided by the instructor
- Dye a couple of garments or pieces of fabric brought by each student. (Silk, cotton, and rayon work best. Wool and linen are okay. Synthetics will not dye.)
- Learn about growing indigo in their own gardens
We will have a potluck lunch, giving everyone time to socialize with the instructor and fellow students.
What to bring:
- Something to share for the potluck lunch
- Personal beverages and snacks
- Layered clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty
- Notebook and camera if desired
- Two small garments or pieces of fabric (natural fibers only)
Ashley Eva Brock is a dyer, clothing/costume designer, and fiber artist living in Bolinas CA. She has worked as a dyer for the San Francisco Opera, has done costume design and fabrication for music videos, performance, and film, and sells limited edition hand made clothing. Her dog companion Lyla is never far from her side. Visit her website: www.ashleyevabrock.com. Find her on Instagram: @ashleyevabrock
West County Fiber Arts is the studio of felt artist Heidi Harris, on a beautiful 1-acre property in rural Sonoma County, California. Classes will take place both indoors and in the garden.
If you are coming from out of town, overnight accommodations are plentiful in the vicinity — from nearby cottages and hotels to camping at the Russian River. See our Food & Lodging page for suggestions.