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Handmade Workshop: Natural Plant Dyes (SOLD OUT) Saturday, December 7, 10:00 am

learn how to dye fabric with plants!

Handmade Workshop: Natural Plant Dyes (SOLD OUT)
Event Type

Backyard Skills


3 hours


All ages


$100 for members; $125 for non-members


32701 Alipaz St
San Juan Capistrano, CA
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Feel free to wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes (recommended but not required). This workshop will be held outdoors, sunscreen, a hat, and a reusable water bottle are highly recommended.

Photo/video from this workshop might be used on The Ecology Center’s website, social media or other educational media. By registering for this workshop you agree to our photo/video release policy.

Join us on Saturday, December 7th for a deep dive into natural plant dyes!

Backyard Skills Workshop – Natural Dyes

Did you know the conventional textile industry has become one of the biggest polluters of our watershed? Do you want to reduce your impact? Look no further than your garden. Plants and flowers growing in your backyard offer an abundance of usages, but one of our favorite ways to take advantage of their bounty is natural dyeing. This healthier alternative offers a wonderful solution for protecting our oceans, waterways, ecosystems and offers a fun hands-on experience for the whole family. Are you ready to dig in?

This workshop includes:

  • Forage in our dye garden for plants and flowers
  • This hands-on course will cover the use of bioregional plant dyes for natural dye techniques
  • Learn the art of natural dyeing and why this ancient and sustainable practice is gentle to our environment and health
  • A review of the history and future of natural dyes from our eco-experts
  • Learn how to identify and harvest commonly found dye plants native to our area
  • Complete a naturally dyed handkerchief using a range of dyes and methods
  • Learn how to ‘upcycling’ old worn-out clothing with new vibrant color*

The workshop highlights:

1. Which bio-regional plants give color, how to process into dye and prep fibers for “light-fastness”.
2. Skilling students to work on their own and to identify “tried and true” plant dyes, and how to use minimal water.
3. Basic Shibori and other resist techniques

*In addition to instruction, students will leave with: A watercolor dye chart, local wool swatch library and their own hand-dyed Furoshiki Wrap

*Participants should bring one item of used white or light-colored clothing (preferably tee or tank, pre-washed and made of natural fabric) that you would like to ‘upcycle’ with natural dye.


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