Intro to Plant-Dyed Textiles (recording + live session)

about this event

Learn the foundation of how to plant dye textiles and walk away with 1-2 plant dyed pieces. We’ll cover both the immersion dye (solid color) and bundle dye (eco printed) methods.

Register now to receive the recording of Session One (preparing your fabric) immediately, then attend the live session to dye your prepared pieces.

Session One Recording: Learn how to properly prepare your fabric for dyeing. We’ll also discuss and review dye plants; start thinking about plants you’d like to work with and bring any questions to class. Following this session, learn what to look for to forage local dye plants, or gather dye plants from your kitchen or garden for session two.

Session Two: Learn how to prep your plants and dye your fabric.

Each session will be about 60-90 minutes.

Note: We will be working with animal fibers, silk or wool, in this workshop. Formulas vary slightly between different fibers: instruction will be provided in the syllabus for vegetable fibers, but we will not discuss in class. If you don’t consume animal products, please contact me before purchasing materials for alternative instruction.

What You’ll Need:

Further material details and purchasing recommendations are included in your registration confirmation email.

  • New scarf, clothing, or other textile
  • Neutral detergent
  • Aluminum sulfate
  • Kitchen scale
  • Rice bowl or similar*
  • Stainless steel cooking pot and lid*
  • Steamer insert for cooking pot* (optional, for bundle dye method)
  • Plastic container or second cooking pot*
  • Rubber gloves*
  • Spatula or tongs, wood or stainless steel*
  • String, twine, or yarn (optional, for bundle dye method)
  • Water source
  • Heat/cooking source
  • Well-ventilated space
  • Face mask
  • Apron or clothing you don’t mind getting a splash of dye on

*SAFETY NOTE: Any pots, bowls, spatulas, or other materials that come into contact with mordant or a mordanted scarf will NOT be able to be used for food/cooking/eating again.

Meet Your Guide

Nikki is an Iranian-American herbalist and artist and the founder of Sun Sister®, which offers botanical skincare and plant dyed silks created with care and intention to nourish body and soul.

Nikki created Sun Sister in response to seeking a holistic approach to her own healing journey. After working as a creative producer for several years in New York City, her path led her to a very different way of being, one of deep connection and communion with Mother Earth and healing plants.

After graduating from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Nikki studied herbalism with the CommonWealth School of Holistic Herbalism in Boston and The Gaia School of Healing in Vermont, and tea ceremony with the Tea Sage Hut in Taiwan. Her focus as an herbalist is supporting skin health, from within and topically, as well as emotional well-being.