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Introduction to Natural Dyes and Ecoprinting

Introduction to Natural Dyes and Ecoprinting

September 30, 2023
Learn the basics of how to transfer color from plants onto fabric. The tie-dyed bandana and eco-printed scarf are yours to take home!

Curious about Natural Dyes and Ecoprinting? Join me and other interested folks to learn the basics of transferring color from plants to fabric. In this hands-on workshop, you will create a pot of natural dye to tie-dye a cotton bandana, as well as design a botanically printed silk scarf. The completed bandana and scarf are yours to keep!

We will also cover how to prepare fabric for dying, which fabrics take natural dyes best, and discuss plant matter that can be used for natural dyes, many of which may be found in your home or local grocery store.

Bring a bag lunch to eat while the fabrics are dying. During the break, I will will address any questions you have as well as provide samples to examine, and books to peruse.

All supplies for the workshop itself will be provided. However, feel free to bring any non-toxic leaves or flowers from your garden for the ecoprint portion. Maple leaves, Plum leaves, and Red-bud leaves work well, as do coreopsis, marigold, and dark rose petals. While colors from many other flowers tend to be less lightfast, they may be fun to try.

Kathy Goss is a Watercolorist and Natural Dye artist living and working in Oakland, CA. When working with watercolors, she tends towards a realistic style. Working with natural dyes allows her to explore a more abstract, improvisational approach. Kathy spends as much time as possible in nature, as it is her primary source of inspiration. When outdoors, she finds herself thinking “How would I create that color in watercolors?,” and also “What color would that plant create as a natural dye?” She shares her enthusiasm for discovery by leading workshops on Natural Dyes and Ecoprinting. See some of Kathy’s work on her website


-We will be meeting at the Red Barn Classroom in Bear Valley, Point Reyes

– Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in

– Refunds available for all classes 7 days in advance of the start date, after 7 days and before 2 days, participants can credit their class for a future date. All requests before 48 hours in advance will be declined. For COVID cancellation policy, see below.

– Please follow the parking instructions for the facility used that day

– Please provide an email you check regularly for updates and reminders about your class

– Registration is required online prior to the event in order to maintain class sizes

– Sales end 48 hours before the start date.

– Waitlists are available when the class sells out

What to Bring:

Day Pack

Lunch Bag

Warm Variable Weather Clothing

Hiking Shoes

Water Bottle

Notebook and Pen/Field Journal

Eventbrite Confirmation Email

Binoculars (Optional)

Camera (Optional)

About the PRNSA Field Institute:

The PRNSA Field Institute offers hands-on environmental education classes throughout the year that foster enjoyment of Point Reyes National Seashore. Our classes are led by expert instructors, who take you out of your everyday life and into the natural world. We host a variety of classes about the arts and sciences and have something for everyone. You can reach the Field Institute at (415) 663-1200 x304 or by email at

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COVID-19 Field Institute Guidelines

Please respect the following COVID-19 procedures:

• Perform a health self-check before coming to class using the CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus as a guide.

• Do not attend class if you are experiencing COVID symptoms, know that you have had a close exposure, or are suffering from any flu-like or respiratory illness

• Contact the Field Institute if you will not be able to attend due to COVID. You may be eligible to receive a full or partial refund

• Participants exhibiting signs of respiratory illness may be asked to leave class

• Masks are optional at your discretion

• Please bring your own food and water

All guidelines are subject to change pursuant to State or County Health order updates.

Thank you for your cooperation in following these guidelines to help keep everyone safe.