Class is from 8 am. to 3 p.m. at the Dairy Building. Please join me for fun day of exploring the magic of dyeing with Indigo! Starting with natural fibers and materials, we will add patterns and watch the magic as the fabrics change from white to yellow to blue right in front of your eyes. We will start out the day, meeting at the 1854 Dairy Building, 410 North Erickson Street, Bishop Hill, IL and take a short walk to the indigo patch to harvest the fresh indigo (Japanese Indigo or persicaria tinctoria), along the way we’ll discuss planting growing, harvesting and seed saving of these plants. We will then use the freshly harvested leaves to color our fabric using 3 different techniques- salt rub, ice dyeing and leaf pounding. Before lunch break, we will start our indigo vats and prepare items for the afternoon vat dyeing by clamping, tying, and folding materials.

After the lunch break, we will spend the afternoon dipping and dyeing our fabric and other materials. We will discuss how to finish your projects at home, and suggestions for different uses for your treasures. Material and supplies will be provided at class, but feel free to bring along fabric or small clothing items from home to use, natural fibers dye best. I will provide samples of many different natural fabrics and yarns for you to dye. Bring along an apron, or wear clothing that make be shades of blue before the day is over. Everyone will take home their samples to finish at home, starts of the plants, and class handouts including sources for supplies, instructions for what we did in class, and directions for finishing your samples at home.

We will take a lunch break around noon, please visit one of the local restaurants or bring your lunch. Class size is limited to 10 people. Class fee is $75. And includes class and most supplies. For more information or to sign up for class, contact Sheri at: or (309) 299-8007.

Partially sponsored by the BHHA.