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Mon, Jun 03


Valentine Farm

Blue Mondays with Rebecca Zicarelli

Eight Mondays of indigo immersion! Click on the title to learn more.

Blue Mondays with Rebecca Zicarelli
Blue Mondays with Rebecca Zicarelli

Time & Location

Jun 03, 2024, 10:00 AM – Jul 22, 2024, 2:00 PM

Valentine Farm, 162 N Rd, Bethel, ME 04217, USA

About The Event

Join Rebecca Zicarelli for an eight-week immersion into the fascinating world of indigo dyeing.  Classes are on Mondays starting June 3rd and ending July 22nd.  Each session runs from 10-2 at Valentine Farm. During each session, you will make a take-home project. Each class is limited to 12 participants. Take all 8 sessions for $300. Or, pick and choose the topics that meet your needs for $75 per session. 

Course Schedule

Week 1 (6/3) : How to set an indigo vat using the indigo grown at Valentine Farm last summer. Fold and dye a shibori to take home. Scour fabric for use in the next class.

Week 2 (6/10): Using the scoured fabric from the previous week, we'll apply mordants, tannins, and soy binders to fabric in preparation for the red workshop.

Week 3 (6/17): Dye the prepared fabrics with red dyes - cochineal, madder root, and possibly fresh indigo roots.

Week 4 &5 (6/24 & 7/1): Two weeks focusing on the different techniques to use with fresh indigo; stenciling, smoothies, pigment extractions, drying indigo, and extracting the red and yellow dyes.

Week 6 (7/8): Yellows. We will forage for goldenrod, extract the pigment, and dye prepared fabrics.

Week 7 (7/15): Learn about making and using applied resists, rice paste, clay pastes, and/or wax.

Week 8 (7/22): Learn how to get blacks and dark browns using tannins, irons, and soot.

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