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NATURAL DYES OF NORTHERN NEW MEXICO with Glenna Dean
Learn to identify and harvest dye plants in the Northern New Mexico landscape. This class takes place on three consecutive weekends in August: the first on a Sunday and the subsequent two on Saturdays, rain or shine. Each class session starts with identifying and harvesting dye-plants in different locations and a return to the instructor’s dye shed in Abiquiu to dye fresh collections alongside dried collections. The instructor will scout out harvest locations in between class sessions and, after our first class, will notify participants where to meet on the Friday before class. Flexibility on everyone’s part will make this class more fun. Mordanted yarns will be prepared and distributed in each class by the instructor.
- Sunday, August 12
Meet at EVFAC to discuss the route and dye plants expected. After gathering plants, the class will drive to Abiquiu to the dye shed for the first dye session. Expected harvest, subject to change: cota, sagebrush, bindweed; black walnuts from Instructor’s stash.
- Saturday, August 18
Meet along the highway to Abiquiu. Expected harvest, subject to change: dodder, dock, mistletoe, and anything not collected in the previous class; cottonwood catkins from Instructor’s stash.
- Saturday, August 25
Meet at Instructor’s dye shed in Abiquiu for a walk along the acequia. Expected harvest, subject to change: chamisa, mullein, snakeweed, and anything not collected in the previous classes.
Materials students should bring: Participants must have their own transportation and car-pooling is strongly encouraged. Travel will be on paved and unpaved roads in the Española and Abiquiu environs; walking is required. Dress for dyeing! This means old clothes, a hat, closed-toe shoes, water, lunch, and snacks; long pants are strongly encouraged.Bring a notebook and pencil, camera to photograph dye plants in the wild, clippers to harvest, paper bags for collections, a pen or Sharpie to label bags; questions and a sense of humor.
Glenna Dean holds advanced degrees in archeology and botany and is trained as an archeobotanist. She specialized in the identification and analysis of pollen grains from archeological artifacts (like grinding stones and pottery vessels), the identification of burned seeds and broken plant parts, and technical analysis of textiles, sandals, and other artifacts made from plant or animal fibers. Glenna's study of these ancient fiber arts makes her a most fabulous resource for all things fiber. Glenna’s Abiquiu Dye Studio, on the banks of the Chama River, specializes in plant dyes mostly grown or gathered in Northern New Mexico. Period dyes recreate Spanish Colonial colors on heirloom churro wool yarns for colcha embroidery, tapestry weaving, felting, knitting and crochet.
This class requires a minimum of 2 students for the class to run. See our Class Payment and Refund Policy.
This class is currently full. Call EVFAC at (505)-747-3577 to be put on a waiting list.