Intro to Natural Dyeing

Intro to Natural Dyeing

DIY Homesteader Festival Workshop:

Intro to Natural Dyeing

Are you ready to take your love of textiles, plants, or both to the next level? Join Tamara Klassen of Tamara Klassen Artisan Textiles, as she walks you through the process of creating beautifully dyed textiles and yarn using plants available in Southern Manitoba. Learn proper fibre preparation and mordanting techniques, steps to making a dye bath, as well what plants work well as dyes. Participants can explore a variety of dye plants, mordants and fibres, as well as samples of dyed yarn and fabrics.


Hands-on: Limited. Presentation. Some sensory exploration of samples and materials.

Accessibility: This workshop takes place in an outdoor event tent on mown grass pasture, with the usual suspects of event seating.


Tamara Klassen

Tamara Klassen is a textile artist from Southern Manitoba. After learning to sew from her grandmother at a young age, she developed a love for textiles early on. Tamara explores natural dye techniques and textile practices from both home and abroad and has studied with artisans in places such as Peru, Mexico, and Laos. Her work reflects a modern perspective on traditional techniques, with a focus on using sustainable, natural materials and dyes. In addition to participating in several shows and selling her work in galleries across Manitoba, Tamara has been teaching workshops in textile arts since 2016.