Navajo Vegetal and Indigo Wool Dyeing with Jay Begay
Spend a day with natural dyes and learn a new avenue into color possibilities from ancient traditions. This class will cover an overview on the history of natural dyes, the color possibilities they offer, mordanting techniques, the dye process, and color theory basics. Students will use readily available dyes including sage, Navajo carrots, ground lichen, onion skins, and indigo. Students will take home dyeing instructions, samples of their dyeing, and information on each of the dyes used and source lists on where to get them.
Date & Time
Sunday, May 31st from 9 am to 4 pm (with a one-hour lunch break)
In addition to the workshop registration fee, a material fee of $25.00 is payable to the instructor at the start of theworkshop. Each student will receive five skeins of 2 oz. Navajo-Churro yarn to be dyed in the workshop.
About the Instructor
Jay Begay originates from the community of Rocky Ridge in Northeastern Arizona. Jay's childhood was spent with his late paternal grandmother tending to the flock of sheep and goats. It was from his grandma that he acquired the skills required to continue the pastoral ways. Today, he continues to raise Navajo-Churro sheep and Angora goats. Jay enjoys working with fiber and sharing his knowledge.
Images Courtesy of Leney Breeden