The 2018 CNY Fiber Arts Festival placed special emphasis on the art of dyeing. Our special guest artists provided free lectures and demonstrations on various aspects of dyeing.
Information on guest speakers for the 2019 festival will be posted here when it becomes available.
GUEST ARTIST LECTURES - 2018
Harvesting Color From Plants: Uncover the Mysteries of Living Color
by Susannah White of Carapace Farm (Booth # C8)
Saturday June 9, 2018 Time 11:00 - 12:00
Have you considered dyeing with plants, but just couldn't figure out how to get started? This intergenerational (children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult) open lecture will cover how to prepare both silk and wool for dyeing, study the science of mordanting, and discuss techniques for extracting color from plants. A sample dye pot will be created. Local dye plants, dyestuff, and indigo will be covered. Useful handouts including techniques, color possibilities and resources will help you get started at home.
Intrigued? Sign up for Susannah's indigo dyeing workshop (Bringing the Sky Down) on Sunday from 10:30 - 12:30. Just click on "workshops" to access the information.
Multi-Color Dyeing: Many Fibers, Many Dyes
by Nancy Morey of Shadeyside Fibers (Booth C 1)
Saturday June 9 1:00-2:00
We have so many gorgeous and enticing dyed fibers available to spinners and fiber artists now, but sometimes the process behind these dyed fibers can be confusing. Nancy will talk about the evolution of the Rainbow Dyeing process through the years, and dyeing fibers from grease fiber to sumptuous silk tops. She'll speak about the many dyes available today, and why one dye might be a better option over another for some fibers, and also how to plan what dyes are best for finished yarn. Nancy will have samples of the many processes and fibers to look at and inspire anyone wanting to try a new dyeing possibility.
Creative Solar Dyeing - an Easy Way to Make Bright, Beautiful Yarn
by Patti O'Brien
Beaumont of Story Spun Yarns (Booth # B4, 5 )
Sunday June 10,
2018 1:00-1:45 PM
Using acid dyes, Patti
will show you how to get spectacular color and variation on your yarn or fiber
without lots of special equipment or making a mess of your kitchen. She'll show
different container shapes and sizes, ways to tie and knot the yarn, and ways
to layer dyes and acid to get specific color effects. We'll look at
samples that show how different fibers take up dye and talk about how to plan
your dyeing jars for the results you want. We'll also discuss what can go
wrong, how to prevent it, and how to fix it. And because this is Central
N.Y.- we'll also talk about workarounds for when the sun is isn't
Nancy Morey often describes herself as a “fiber junkie”,
with a lifetime interest in all things fiber and the animals, plants, and
chemicals that produce the fibers. She
studied Home Economics Education with a Textile and Design major area at
Buffalo State College, although she learned to spin and weave from her best
Shortly after learning to spin a yarn, Nancy learned to dye with chemical dyes. While natural dyes held some appeal, it was the intense profusion of colors the chemical dyes produced that held her interest.
Learning to use a rainbow dyeing method, Nancy soon developed her own method for optimal color patterns, writing articles for spinning magazines as well as a book, Rainbow Dyeing: A Multi-color Approach to Dyeing. She taught workshops on this dyeing technique for fiber conferences across the United States, as well as for guilds, fiber and yarn stores, and schools such as the John Campbell Folk Art School. She also has taught workshops for handspinners in all aspects of working with silk, color blending, and fiber blending.
Nancy also raises sheep, goats, and laying hens; has served as the Region 1 representative on the American Wool Council; is a Level 2 Wool Classer; has traveled on two US AID Farmer to Farmer assignments for Winrock International to Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, working with women's refugee groups to improve their fiber products and increase their income; and owns the business Shadeyside Fibers, selling her rainbow dyed fibers.
Patti O'Brien Beaumont
began spinning, knitting, & dyeing in the mid-90’s. Her dyeing
journey started with natural dyeing using gathered plants. This led
to making dye extracts from lichen, mushrooms, insects, tree barks, and
more. From there, she moved to acid & fiber reactive dyes &
experimented with layering and blending colors on a broad range of
fibers. She now produces hand-spun and hand-dyed yarn as Story Spun Yarns
and teaches fiber preparation, spinning, and dyeing. Prior to becoming a
full-time fiber artist, she specialized in facilitating self-directed learning
communities. She drew on that experience to found the Oswego Fiber
Arts Studio Group and Spinning Geeks- an online community exploring the
science, history, and technology of spinning. She is currently
developing a shared creative space to support the growing Central New York
fiber arts community and to build partnerships between local fiber producers
and fiber artists.
Many of us know Susannah, from Carapace Farm Puppetry, because of her work with Dancing Hands Puppet Troupe and her commitment to teaching puppetry and encouraging families in their storytelling with puppets. CNY Fiber Arts Festival has been honored to have her present puppet shows for our children and we are delighted to have her return as a vendor with her handmade felted wool puppets. Susannah not only hand-felts her charming puppets from local wool, she dyes them herself with plant-sourced dyes, many of them from plants she has grown.. With over forty years of experience dyeing with plants, she will be a rich source of information on plant dyeing.