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Olive's Workshops

Preparing Fabric to Take Dye: Mordanting

Regular price $65.00
Regular price $8.00 Sale price $65.00

Instructor: Suzanne Connors

Day & Date: Friday, June 14

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuition: $65.00

Ages: Adults (18 and up)

All levels are welcome. No experience required.

Students Please Bring:

  • Note taking materials.
  • If you’re taking the Botanical Print class on Saturday, bring your fabrics and we will leave them soaking in the mordant overnight.
  • (Optional) A snack and/or water bottle. Filtered water is available in the classroom.

 A mordant is a metallic salt that bonds natural dye to fabric.  It’s like using a primer under paints. Without mordant the fabric will not readily accept the dye. There are many steps involved to prepare your fabrics for natural dyeing and eco-printing. For the most lasting, the most even and most colorfast results it’s best to follow through all these steps—from scouring to mordanting to dyeing and rinsing. In this workshop we will talk about scouring your fabrics and which mordants to use on each type of fabric. Some are better for silks, some better for cellulose. You will leave with some good recipes.

***Mordanting for Botanical printing is another topic. If you’re taking the Botanical Print class on Saturday, bring your fabrics and we will leave them soaking in the mordant overnight. ***

All materials are included with a $15 FEE PAYABLE TO THE INSTRUCTOR at the time of the workshop. *Payment by cash or check is required for materials fees. 

About Instructor: Formerly an interior designer, a construction project manager, and then fine art gallery owner and director, Suzanne Connors has always loved art and textiles and has maintained an active fiber art studio since 2008. Suzanne’s teaching experience includes studio and professional practices at institutions throughout the U.S. These include The Arrowmont School of Art & Craft, (Gatlinburg, TN,) River Ridge Retreat Center, (Menominee, WI,) Carborro Art Center, (Carborro, NC,) Morakami Japanese Museum, (Palm Beach County, FL,) Foosaner Museum, (Melbourne, FL,) Lighthouse Art Center, (Tequesta, FL) and the Aya Fiber Studio; her own studio in Stuart Florida where she hosts national and international artists who give workshops to over 500 students from all over the country each year. Suzanne is the founder and past President of the Martin Artisans Guild and is also president of Florida SPIN (silk painters international) and South Florida Regional representative for Surface Design Association.