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Plant Dyeing Workshops to be held at Highland Hall Waldorf School November 10, February 9 and April 13


Highland Hall Waldorf School in Northridge, CA. is offering plant dyeing workshop series from handwork expert, Mona Lewis - Saturdays, from 1 to 4 pm: Nov. 10, Feb. 9, Apr. 13

Northridge, CA (PRWEB) October 30, 2012

Highland Hall Waldorf School is offering a three-part series of plant dye workshops with hand craft teacher and artist, Mona Lewis. These will take place Saturdays, from 1 to 4 pm: Nov. 10, Feb. 9, Apr. 13. Those interested in learning about natural plant dyes and the Waldorf handwork curriculum will experience dyeing with herbs and flowers, exotic woods and even bugs. All participants will take home a dyed skein of yarn and silks from each workshop.

Space is limited. The series price is $190 including materials, or $70 per session. Tickets may be obtained by going to http//

Workshop description:
November 10: Exploring the Mysteries of the Colors All Around Us

"Each plant has a special quality all its own and a gift to give us. You may be surprised to find out what that might be."

Using fresh herbs and flowers from the hillsides and the kitchen, participants will dye two silk scarves and a skein of wool yarn, and also receive a tutorial for the mordent process along with the sources for the ingredients.

February 9: The Rock Stars of the Plant Dye World

"Before the sea routes to America were discovered, Red and Purple dyes were extremely hard to come by. Murex shellfish were used to create purple dye. It took 1,200 shell fish to make 1.5 ounces of pure dye. Imagine how rare and expensive it was! When Brazilwood and Logwood were discovered in South America everything changed."

Students will dye two silk scarves and a skein of wool yarn, and learn how the addition of some simple ingredients can add more color possibilities to the dye pot.

This session will finish with a small braiding project to make a trim suitable for any Renaissance garment.

April 13: Bugs are the Best!

"Another natural dye that changed history actually comes from insects! The cochineal is a scale insect which lives on the Prickly Pear cactus. Since 1,000 BCE, cochineal was used in South and Central America. When it became available in Europe in the 1600s, it was worth its weight in gold."

Participants will dye two silk scarves and a skein of wool yarn, and discover the vibrant reds and sweet pinks this special dye can yield.

Highland Hall Waldorf School is located in Northridge, California. Founded in 1955, it is the oldest Waldorf school in the western United States and offers an independent alternative to public and other private schools, providing the Waldorf Curriculum from Early Childhood through High School graduation. Its mission is to guide students in the unique Waldorf curriculum, striving to endow each student with discernment in thought and action, a joy of learning, and a sense of wonder and reverence for life.

Highland Hall's students graduate with a solid academic foundation, the ability to think creatively, a sympathetic interest in the world, self-confidence, and an abiding moral purpose. They move on to renowned colleges and universities of their choosing and continue onto accomplished careers in their chosen professions.

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