The Charleston Museum invites knitters, quilters and other textile enthusiasts to a
workshop focusing on dyeing with the quintessential natural dye of the Lowcountry –
indigo. Cultivated successfully by Eliza Lucas Pinckney in the colonial period, indigo
dye yields a deep, rich blue like no other. With the assistance of instructor Tamara Goff,
participants will have the opportunity to dye a hank of yarn using a pre-reduced natural
indigo and experiment with various techniques and exposure times. The workshop
includes all equipment and supplies (you bring your own gloves), one hank of fine
quality yarn, and an indigo-dye-kit to take home, as well as a look at indigo-dyed items
with the Museum’s Curator of Textiles. Choose between worsted weight 100% wool
yarn (approx 250 yards) and DK weight 100% organic cotton (approx. 194 yds). Up to
two additional hanks may be pre-ordered and dyed during the workshop for a larger
project. You are also welcome to bring up to two yards of muslin and/or silk to dye.
Each participant will need to bring their own gloves to wear when working with the
indigo vats. Preregistration is required.
Admission: $57/member, $67/non-member.