Dyed in the Wool

A cat looks up at the camera as it reclines on assorted colorful scarves
 Row of colorful scarves hanging up on the wall
 An assortment of colorful scarves
 Scarves with leaf patterns

Date: June 4-5, 2022 (Summer, 2 day)
Medium: Fiber Art
Instructor: Leah Tuscany (email)
Skill Level: Beginner

This class will explore dying both silk and wool using leaves and vegetation as a resist. We will make silk scarves using an eco print type process. In addition we will make a heavier weight wool & silk table runner. No experience necessary.

This course has ended.

Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.

Leaves or Vegetation – Leaves can be collected in summer or fall. Green leaves work as well as dried leaves. Leaves can be frozen for use in winter months when leaves are not readily available. Select leaves that are thicker and have substance. Leaves with strong veining work particularly well. Grasses can also be used. Stems and buds should have substance but also be flexible. Flowers do not work well as they are soft and lack structure.

Examples of tree and plant leaves as well as grasses, I have used with success: • All Maples • Sycamore • Sassafras • Ginseng • Redbud • Tulip Tree • All Oaks • Boston Fern • Geranium • Dusty Miller • Grape • Sweet Gum • Buckeye • Catalpa • Elm • Ash • Bradford Pear • Timothy Grass (Grasses from hay fields in general) • Eucalyptus (Reacts by leaving a print with very attractive rusty red color.)

  1. Assortment of Leaves (Collect them now and through the winter. Can be dry or frozen.)
  2. A plastic container to soak leaves (Shoe Box size or larger is perfect.)
  3. Spray water bottle
  4. Plastic gloves
  5. Old towels (5 or 6 of them and ones you do not care about staining.)
  6. Plastic bag to take wet towels home.

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $TBD*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

Studio supply fees are an estimate and can be subject to change due to supply chain issues or transportation cost.

About the Instructor

Leah Tuscany is an accomplished lampwork glass and PMC artist, specializing in the creation of functional and sculptural glass beads and art objects. Most recently her work has extended into the fiber arts realm as she is always looking for ways to incorporate glass and metalwork into her creations. Leah participates in gallery and art shows regularly and teaches workshops specializing in beginning to advanced lampwork design, PMC (Precious Metal Clay), and the Eco print process.