In this workshop, participants will learn some of the history of indigo and its part in South Carolina history, how to make a vat, and dye cotton fabric using Shibori tie-dye methods. We know you’ll LOVE the beautiful, unique patterns these techniques produce! Each participant will use these methods to dye two 18” x18” cotton napkins and a 28” x 28” kitchen towel.
Instructor, Kelly Fort, along with her husband, Dale Fort, own Pluff Mudd Farm—a small fiber farm on Wadmalaw Island, SC. They raise pygora goats, sheep, and flax for fiber; as well as indigo for dyeing the fiber. Kelly began her indigo journey growing and dyeing with Indigofera suffruticosa in the early 2000s. Through classes, books, fiber friends, and research the knowledge and enrichment continue. Much of her time is spent making dye paste from her plants, so she can continue to dye throughout the year. This paste will also be used in the workshop.