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Cochineal Dyeing Workshop

July 23, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT

Cochineal is a small scale insect.  The cochineal bug produces a crimson color which has been highly sought after for thousands of years.  The bug lives on the prickly pear cactus found in Mexico and along the Mexican American border.  The female is the producer of the red dye.

Please bring in washed unmordanted wool or wool mordanted with alum and cream of tartar.  There will be a pot of mordant available at the workshop.  Mordanting and how to prepare the dye pot will be explained during the workshop.  To receive information on washing your fiber before the workshop, contact the guild.

Where:   Private residence in Toney, Alabama.You’ll receive directions when you pre-register.


July 23, 2017
8:00 am - 1:00 pm UTC+0