Unbelievably beautiful weekend at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden! I went with my friend Austin, who was birthday gifting me with a class taught by the amazing Rebecca Burgess. Rebecca teaches about safe sustainable fabric/fiber dyeing with local indigenous plants. She is as eco-thought provoking and inspiring as she is talented and intelligent.
We brought our own mordanted fibers - some of my hand spun merino singles - and were thrilled with the variety of colors we got from the six pots of natural dyes.
Rebecca also showed us a couple of Shibori techniques on silk strips, which created really lovely and unique patterns.
|A big wooden bowl full of Rebecca's color sample yarns.|
|Rebecca Burgess lecturing as we begin the hands on demos.|
|Indigenous plants for natural dyeing: Toyon, Coffee Bean Plant, CA Sage, and the funniest of all - Sticky Monkey Flower!|
|Silk strips, natural wool skeins, and a basket of six varieties of natural cloths: cotton varieties, hemp, and more silk.|
|A copper pot filled with 180 degree water and Coreopsis (related to the Sunflower) which will yield bright orange fabrics/fibers.|
|And what could be more natural than drying your fibers and fabrics after their dye bath on the hedges?|
|Another technique Rebecca shared is the pounding method to extract colors from flowers that would not work in a dye bath process.|