We've teamed up with our favorite Seawitch , Margaret Seelie to share her knowledge and passion for tie dye magic! In these two super fun virtual workshops, you will learn the techniques for reverse dying and indigo dying. You can choose to join for one or all workshops.
Indigo Mask Dying Workshops:
- Saturday, November 7, 11:00 AM- 1PM PST
- Sunday, November 8, 11:00 AM - 1PM PST
$65 – Includes indigo dye kit, 5 dyeables, and access to both days of workshops. Dyables include four white facemasks and one 25x25in bandana. You’re welcome to join one or both days of dyeing and please collect lots of your own garments to dye.
The dye vat you create will be good for up to 20 garments, so we recommend inviting a freind or two over to join you for the workshop to make it more fun and to get the most out of your vat!
What is indigo dying? Indigo dye comes from the indigo plant, which is grown in subtropical climates. It is among the oldest dyes in the world; indigo-dyed cloth was found in Egyptian tombs dating back 5,000 years. Today, we use indigo to dye bluejeans and so much more.
Along with its rich history, dyeing with indigo is a unique experience because the dye is alive. That’s right, when we mix the ingredients together, they bloom. And, the color changes when exposed to the air. It is truly a magical experience and a reminder of the awesome powers found in nature.
What to expect:
In this workshop, Margaret will show you how to mix your ingredients to create your indigo dye. She’ll show you some fun binding techniques to create cool designs, and walk you through dyeing your fabric to get the best colors. Once everyone gets comfortable with dyeing, we will hang out and Margaret will be available to answer questions and offer support.
You are welcome to dye with us on Saturday, Sunday, or both days. Your dye vat will live for two to five days. One vat, or bucket, of indigo dye will color approximately 15 t-shirt sized garments. If you’re only available on Sunday, Margaret will help you get set up and start dyeing.
In addition to your indigo dye kit, you will need:
- 5 gallon plastic or metal bucket
- Stir stick – long enough to reach the bottom of the bucket without getting your hands wet
- Warm to hot water
- Natural fabrics – 100% cotton, linen, anything made from natural materials will work great! Shirts, sweats, dresses, pillow cases, sheets, bags, etc. Do not use synthetic fabrics, like polyester
- Shallow pan or plate to place your fabric on while it oxidizes
Prepping your studio:
Outside is preferred. If you don’t have access to an outdoor space or if weather is not permitting, you’ll want to cover all surfaces you don’t want to dye with a towel, dropcloth, plastic, etc. Garages, laundry rooms, or kitchens work well.
This is a great small group activity!
Upcoming: Reverse Dying Workshops:
Available Dates: TBD
Pricing: $15 – In this workshop, you’ll bring your own materials. You can find everything either in your home or at the local supermarket.
What to Expect:
What is reverse dyeing? It’s a dye technique that uses bleach to remove, or reverse, the color of your fabric.
In this entry-level workshop, Margaret will walk you through the materials you’ve gathered to make sure you have everything you need. Then she’ll show you how to prep your fabric, bind it to create cool patterns, and apply bleach to make your desired designs.
This workshop is virtual, so you’ll be joining Margaret in her dye studio in San Francisco. You’ll be able to get help, ask questions, and explore ideas for your personal projects in real time.
Kids 10 and up are welcome.
MATERIALS LIST (for you to prepare before workshop):
4+ cups bleach (minimum)
10-40 rubber bands
Running water (sink, hose, etc)
2-4 pieces of fabric to dye (info below 👇🏽)
✅FABRIC YES: 100% cotton, linen, anything made from natural materials will work great! Shirts, sweats, dresses, pillow cases, bags, etc.
Colorful! Black is the go-to color for reverse dyeing. I’ve also had tons of fun with a whole spectrum of colors. Blues and greens are great! Reds and pinks can work too.
🚫FABRIC NO: Synthetic fabrics, like polyester. These are designed to be colorfast and will not reverse well. White fabrics. Delicate fabrics.
Prepping your studio: Outside is preferred. If you don’t have access to an outdoor space or if weather is not permitting, you’ll want to set up your studio near a sink with running water. Kitchens or laundry rooms are ideal. You’ll want to cover all surfaces you don’t want to bleach on with a towel, dropcloth, plastic, etc.
Optional Materials: Spray bottle(s), Popsicle sticks (minimum 2), Paintbrush(s), Chopsticks (wooden, single-use), Scraps of fabric (linen, cotton, etc.), Wooden stick or dowel