Block printing workshop during Alberta Culture Days

Working on some potato block printing at Alberta Culture Days

Working on some potato block printing at Alberta Culture Days

In an earlier post I mentioned taking a silk screening workshop at the Natalie Gerber Studio for Alberta Culture Days.

Along with that workshop, I also took a block printing class with textile designer Charis Birchall. I wasn’t sure what kind of medium we’d be working with when I signed up for the class… but when I got there it became clear – there was a bag of potatoes on the table! Continue reading

Silk screen workshop at the Natalie Gerber Studio

Preparing the screens for silk screening.

Preparing the screens for silk screening.

Alberta Culture Days is an annual event celebrating arts and culture throughout Alberta over three days at the end of September. If you’ve been following me on either Instagram or Facebook, you may have already seen some of these photos, from a silk screen workshop I took at the Natalie Gerber Studio at the King Edward cSpace as part of Alberta Culture Days.

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Dyeing with apple leaves and twigs

Finished apple leave and twig-dyed wool yarn showed with undyed yarn for comparison.

Finished apple leave and twig-dyed wool yarn showed with undyed yarn for comparison.

In my last post about dyeing with apple tree bark, I showed off my finished yarn (sort of a soft mustard with a touch of peach… but in actuality I did the research first, and then did some totally different dyeing before going back to what I had researched.

I wanted the chance to dye just with apple leaves, and a chance to dye just with the bark – BUT in all of my research I got antsy… too antsy to wait for the bark to soak, and too antsy to find the alum for the leaves and do the pre-dye mordant.

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Natural dyeing with apple tree bark

natural white Romney handspun 2-ply wool dyed with apple tree twigs and bark

natural white Romney handspun 2-ply wool dyed with apple tree twigs and bark

We were trimming our apple trees this fall, and I thought I remembered something online about dyeing with apple tree bark. I did a super-quick search (as the branches were coming down practically) and found enough to make me want to save some of the branches for an experiment…

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