Portland, OR 2022 Registration is NOW OPEN

Expanded Eco Dyeing - Scrumptious Scarves

Clarissa Callesen
9:00 - 4:30
Thursday March 17

[back to quicklinks]
$ 170  

Let’s take Eco dyeing to a new level and create some beautiful wearable art. This class is appropriate for the first-time eco dyer and the more experienced one. I will be covering all the basics of Eco dyeing/printing: materials, mordants, techniques, steaming methods, bundling, and more. Then we will be incorporating other natural dyes. We will be working with some special techniques to create some beautiful unique effects using transfer blankets. You will learn some of the magic of combining different natural dyes with the eco printing techniques. Eco dyeing is a magical and unpredictable process, we will be celebrating the happy accidents and surprising results. I will also share ways to deal with less-than-ideal results. You will leave class with at least one beautiful scarf and a new appreciation for the complexity of exploration possible with Eco printing. 

Materials Fee $45 paid at beginning of class includes:

Two silk scarves
All equipment and materials necessary for Eco dyeing:
Steamers, burners, and propane
Dowels, buckets, drying racks
Plastic, spray bottles, marking materials
A large selection of known printing plant material
Pre dyed fabric blankets
Natural dyes
Mordants and vinegar
Recycled fabric
Parchment paper
Nitrile gloves 


Supplies Needed  to bring for Class:

• Your class fee includes two silk scarves and I will have recycled cotton sheeting to share but you may want to bring some other pieces of fabric to experiment. I suggest smaller pieces of white or light-colored fabric. Silk, wool, and cotton, are the “recommended” fabrics for these dyeing processes but I have had some striking results with synthetic as well. I am a big proponent of recycled textiles so feel free to bring nontraditional pieces as well. (Vintage fabrics, lace, ribbon, linen, etc.)
Dharma Trading Company and Maiwa are good source for silk yardage and silk scarves if you would like additional silk to work with

• String for bundling your fabric. I prefer cotton but feel free to bring other options to experiment.
• Scissors
• An apron or wear old clothes. We are going to get messy

• Random local plant material or a cheap bouquet of flowers
• Ziploc bags to transport potential wet material at the end of class
• Long dishwashing gloves if you want extra protection against stained hands

P.S. No stressing allowed, it is about the creative process, not the specific supplies. Please email if you have any questions. info@clarissacallesen.com 

Click here for a printable page

Proud Sponsors for Art & Soul

For your convenience, you may pre-order your materials for classes! Your materials will be waiting for you at the retreat. And you can always purchase additional materials at the retreat.

Runaway Art and Craft Studio

Runaway Art and Craft Studio is our onsite store and sponsor for Portland, OR Retreats.
Visit Runaway Art and Craft Studio...