SOLD OUT – The Farms: Dyeing for Blue

Experience Level: Beginner

During this class, students will design and dye two scarves using resist techniques and indigo dye. Indigo is one of the oldest dyes used for textiles and printing. People from many different countries have utilized this organic compound to create a distinctive blue.

This workshop will familiarize you with a creative, multicultural practice that utilizes prominently plant-based materials. We will prepare an organic, fermentation dye vat utilizing indigo powder, an extract prepared from the plant Indigofera tinctoria. The indigo vat-making method is safe for (supervised) children to use. Shibori, a Japanese, manual, resist dyeing technique will be discussed. Utilizing basic shibori-inspired techniques, you will be able to create unique patterns on your scarves.

Led by Jenny Knavel, this class will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 in the Mansion.

$65/person. Register here by Nov. 10. Registration fees include materials. All sales are final.

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate, please email

About the instructor

Jenny Knavel received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997. She is a professor of art at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois, where she teaches primarily design and digital photography classes. In addition to teaching, she is an active artist. Her work has been juried into numerous regional and national and international juried exhibitions.

In 2021, her artwork was selected to be on the cover of the SAQA Journal (Studio Art Quilt Associates), 2021, Volume 31, No. 2. Additionally, she had work included in the Second Biennial of Natural Dye exhibition, China Silk Museum, Hangzhou, China.

About The Farms

The Farms: An Allerton Folk School, offers classes, workshops, and gatherings focusing on art, wellness, outdoor education, storytelling, and scienceAll experiences value hands-on, experiential teaching and learning, and are facilitated by and for the members of the community.

See the complete fall session schedule here.


Nov 16 2023


5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Nov 16 2023
  • Time: 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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