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Natural Indigo Dye Day: June 25, 2022

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Natural Indigo Dyeing Basics

*This workshop includes an afternoon of natural indigo dyeing your choice of yarns, fabrics, pre-made warps or finished projects! 

Instructor: Katelin Karbonik

Date: Saturday, June 25th 

Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

30 Min Lunch Break


In this indigo studio workshop, participants have the opportunity to dye up to 1kg of fabric or fiber of their choosing. We will demonstrate how to prepare and dye in a natural indigo vat. In between dips, participants will have the opportunity to explore resist techniques and discuss the nature and history of this fascinating dyestuff. Participants wanting to dye a pre-made warp are welcome to do so! Come to our drop-in before the class if you want help creating a warp ready to dye. No need to pre-scour your fibre – we will do that together!


Hand dyed fiber/ fabric/ warp/ finished project

Who is this class for? 

This class is great for anyone who wants a chance to experiment with indigo dye. If you have dyed with indigo before, you are welcome to attend, skip some extra instruction and get right to the vats! No previous experience necessary.

Skills Covered

  • The basics of how to dye in an indigo vat
  • How to prepare your fibre and wash appropriately
  • Some methods for creating resists on fabric or yarns

We readily have available for purchase: 

  • Natural and bleached fiber including wool, silk, bamboo and cotton
  • 100% Cotton Pom Pom Scarves and Hemmed Edge Scarf Blanks



Participants can choose to bring their own fiber or purchase at the workshop. Fibres MUST be natural (cotton, linen, wool, silk, rayon, etc.). We recommend choosing cotton, linen, or hemp projects. All dye materials provided.
Please wear clothing that can get messy!

About the Instructor:

Katelin Karbonik is an expert sewist specializing in sewing garments. Katelin is equally skilled at complex tailoring and sewing garment staples, and loves sharing her knowledge with sewists of all skill levels. Katelin's infectious enthusiasm and passion for all things textile has taken her to some incredible places over the past several years! She just finished an MA in Human Ecology at the University of Alberta, where her final project included a detailed hand-sewn reconstruction of a medieval pourpoint (doublet). She currently works as Associate Curator of Clothing and Textiles at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, and has worked assessing, repairing, and constructing costumes for Fort Edmonton Park as well as interning at the Royal Alberta Museum in textile conservation. 


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PLEASE NOTE: It is important to us to keep you all safe! Participants may be required to wear a mask for the duration of the workshop according to government guidelines. Please do not come to your workshop if you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or are feeling unwell. In order to provide high quality workshops, our Workshop Policies remain the same even though last minute cancellations may be more likely due to the health crisis. We are not able to refund workshops. We are able to provide a store credit for workshops cancelled with 72 hrs notice. We are not able to provide a refund or store credit for cancellations with less than 72 hrs notice, even for participants who are feeling unwell. Thank you for your understanding.


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