A few weeks ago we gathered in my favorite Purcellville barn at Emerald Hill Farm
and learned all about natural textile dyeing. It was fascinating, and I’m so grateful for the Drift Lab Textile Co.
ladies – Sarah and Jessalyn (adorable twin sisters) – for taking the time and care to teach this workshop!
It was an uncharacteristically cold Saturday in early Spring, but everyone bundled up and hovered over the campfire to thaw their fingers and toes as needed! And of course, munched on an early springtime menu of potato leek soup, asparagus and goat cheese galettes, crudités with arugula pesto, an overflowing cheese boards, & strawberry tarts, and drank plenty of warm cider.
We learned so much from Sarah and Jessalyn and now I never want to use my old fallback – RIT dye – again. We used a variety of natural dyes (many of which you can forage or salvage from your kitchen scraps), like avocado pits, red & yellow onion skins, acorns, logwood, and madder. Who knew avocado dyes natural fibers the prettiest of pale pinks (or grey – my favorite – if post-mordanted in iron)! Everyone got to take home a beautiful sample book of the various textiles and fibers and a shibori dyed tea towel.
A huge thank you to our partners: Silk & Willow
for donating various, gorgeous silks for our sample books. Davenport Groves
for sending us the yummiest textured wool yarn. Priya Means Love
for making us pretty, naturally dyed lip & cheek tint (and for all her help with set up and tear down)! And of course, my interns Anna and Bekah for their hours and hours of help, and Rebecca and Blake of Emerald Hill Farm
for providing their beautiful barn (and kitchen) for our use!
On May 9, we’ll be gathering again, this time in a historic home in Bluemont, Virginia, for an afternoon and evening of exploring the Art of Cooking with Flowers and a Spring Supper
! We still have some tickets available, so snag one while you can. I’ve already partnered with Erin Simpson Lozier
, Huckle & Goose
, Sweet Root Village
, Hometown Harvest
, Petals & Hedges
, La Montagne at Bluement
, and Graydog Woodworks
for this workshop and long table dinner, and it’s going to be loads of fun! Hope you can join us on May 9!