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Natural Dyeing 101 (Weekend Intensive)

at Textile Arts Center - Gowanus

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Gowanus, Brooklyn
505 Carroll St
Btwn 3rd & 4th Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11215
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 8
Teacher: Natalie Stopka

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this dye class:

This two day intensive introduces students to the world of beautiful, accessible, and sustainable botanical dyes. Students learn the basics of selecting and preparing fibers, extracting color from a variety of plant materials, and fixing natural dyes to fabric. We’ll discuss the history of natural dye use, and explore some contemporary applications of pattern.

Students will leave with the substantial beginnings of a swatch library documenting a range of fibers, dyes, mordants, and modifiers. Bring along any materials you'd like to experiment with!


Our classes are designed to focus on a learned skill rather than a final product. At TAC, our mission is to provide skills and knowledge for a lifetime! All materials for sample making and learning the technique are included. Any additional materials will need to be supplied by the student based on their vision. 

Weekend Intensive students have access to Open Studio time for free for up to a week after the class, to put their new knowledge to practice.

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Refund Policy

Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows: 

Cancellations made 3 or more days in advance will receive a full credit for a rescheduled date with this provider   


Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19):

For all Adult & Youth cancellations, we are unable to refund processing fees collected at the time of registration by our third-party class registration software Active. Any credit or refunds will be for the cost of the class only.

For Adult Student Cancellations: Please double check your calendar before signing up for a class! Our small team works very hard throughout the year to schedule each class and coordinate with our students. When you register for a spot in one of our classes, you are reserving a seat and committing to join us for that date and time. If for some reason you need to cancel a class you’ve signed up for, please note the following policies:

At least one month before class: Students may receive full refund or credit to a future class at TAC, minus a $25 processing fee for Morning/Evening Series, Weekend Intensive, One Day Classes and 4-Week Classes, and a $10 processing fee for After Workshops.

Less than one month before class: Students may receive credit only to a future class at TAC, minus a $25 processing fee for Morning/Evening Series, Weekend Intensive, and 4-Week Classes, One Day Classes and a $10 processing fee for After Workshops. We are unable to offer refunds with less than one month notice.

All requests for refunds or class credits must be made in writing via email to [email protected] In addition to the timing guidelines above, we of course appreciate as much notice as possible when making any adjustments to registrations.

Coursehorse students will need to contact Coursehorse directly about cancellations or refunds. TAC cancellation policy will apply.

All classes, workshops, special events, and gift certificates are non-transferable. No refunds will be given on Gift Certificates. Gift Certificates are valid for (1) one year from the date of purchase.


Classes do not include individual Make Up sessions -- though you may be able to schedule a private lesson with your instructor based on their availability. We are unable to pro-rate classes or refund students who cannot to make it to class. If you have to miss a class, you are responsible for catching up during Open Studio time.


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Question from Alex D.
Hi, I saw in one of the reviews that a majority of the 2nd day is shibori folding techniques. I was wondering if that was still the case for this particular class because, like that reviewer, I am more interested in the dyeing/extracting process than folding. Thank you! :)
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Alex! All of the weekend intensive dye classes go over Indigo and some Shibori techniques as part of the curriculum. The majority of the content of the class is dyeing, learning how to prep fabrics and making samples of different dye vats. The weekend intensive and 4-week dye classes also come with Open Studio which can be used to pursue the techniques you are more interested in. Hope this helps!

Reviews of Classes at Textile Arts Center (499)

(499 Reviews)
Natural Dyeing 101 (Weekend Intensive)
Reviewed by Carol S. on 3/16/2020
Excellent class with a knowledgeable teacher. Thoroughly reviewed natural dyeing techniques and spent hours doing various types of hand dyeing. At the end of the class we each had a book of documented samples and several yards of cloth. Wonderful!!
Natural Dyeing 101 (Weekend Intensive)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 7/11/2018
The instructor was wonderful - very passionate and knowledgeable about dyes, encouraging and accommodating! I would absolutely learn from her again. The class size was good, and the Textile Center was easy to find. The reason I gave fewer stars is that I don't think it was worth the expensive price for two days. We spent most of the second day doing Shibori folding, which is very interesting, but I wish we had focused more time on extracting natural pigments and dyeing samples for reference so we could learn more about making dyes on our own. This especially because it's pretty easy to find Shibori workshops, but Natural Dyeing is a lot more rare, so I was disappointed that the majority of the course wasn't spent on that exclusively. Pots and supplies weren't prepared beforehand, so a lot of the time it was a scramble to get everything we needed, and they had someone cleaning out old projects from the area and people walked through the space a lot during classtime, which was really distracting in such a small space. Overall the class gave interesting information, but I think it is overpriced. I think it would work better as a one-day dyeing intensive for half of the cost. I feel bad saying it because the instructor was so awesome, but I do regret spending so much on what ended up being a very casual setup.
Natural Dyeing 101 (Weekend Intensive)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 3/26/2017
Great class. Instructor extraordinarily knowledgeable and talented. It was a great learning and great fun.
Natural Dyeing 101 (Weekend Intensive)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 9/19/2016
The class was awesome! The instructor, Natalie was very nice to answer all the questions and instructions were very clear. It was sad though that the garden was no longer available because it would have been awesome to be able to go out and pick flowers to dye them. But the class is still very recommended!
Natural Dyeing 101 (Weekend Intensive)
Reviewed by Anonymous on 6/29/2016
Very informative and well prepared!

School: Textile Arts Center

Textile Arts Center

Textile Arts Center (TAC) is a NYC-based resource facility dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of textiles through creative educational programs for children and adults. At TAC, we aspire to unify the textile community and advocate for the handmade by providing accessible, skills-based...

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