Catherine Cross Tsintzos – Surface Design Journey with Natural Dyes

Duration of Class: One Day (6 Hours) // Medium: Natural dyes (to include plant dyes and items that rust), fabric/yarn/paper // Skill Level: All


Fresh indigo and natural dye materials from the fields and farm and easy accessible pantry products will be on hand to enhance the learning and dyeing process as participants learn new ways and expand skills with natural dyes. History of dye use, ways to create beautiful fabric and paper designs incorporating traditional and experimental techniques will be covered. Expect to leave with recipes, new ideas, test samples, a completed wall hanging and the confidence to dye at home. An introduction to batik and paste resist is provided and this technique may be explored. Explore and learn about other artists who use this medium and the current movement connecting art and agriculture sustainability.


• creating dye vats with various natural plant dyes
• introduction to creating batik and paste resist
• plant bundles for dyeing
• how to dye with objects that will create rust
• stitching, Shibori, Arashi Kumo, Itajime, Design and composition for dye designs


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Day 1 (9/28/18)

Class Size

Min # of students: 6
Max # of students: 20

Supply List

  • Students are invited to bring their own 100% cotton yarn and a t-shirt or any small amounts of 100% prewashed cotton fabric they may want to dye.
  • In addition, students should bring plastic bags for placing wet items into for transport if they do not dry during the class time.
  • Kit Fee: $20 per student (payable to instructor at class time)
  • Provided by Instructor:
  • The instructor can provide supplies to include: dye materials, vats, batik supplies, rust objects, spray bottles, clothes pins, wooden blocks, threads and needles, canvas for wall hanging, drop cloth/tarps for floor, handouts, reference books for inspiration, electric skillets, wax, brushes and stamps for batik and more.

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