Black Walnut Dyeing


Registration Fee: $200 + $25 Material Fee
2 Day Workshop: May 31 and June 2, 10am to 5pm
Location: Harbourfront Centre 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto ON M5J 2G8, Textile Studio

See description below for workshop outline and facilitator bio

For Further Information: Producer, Heather Haynes


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Workshop registration fees go directly to your facilitators fee, travel and accommodations; your materials, equipment and supplies; venue fees and general administration.

Workshop Materials Provided by Participants:

  • Apron or Old Clothes
  • Old Towels
  • Ziplock Bags for Take Home Wet Samples

Workshop will cover traditional Indigenous practices of using black walnuts in immersion dyeing to create a range of colours from warm browns to black, as well as healing medicine. Participants will complete a specific set of samples that illustrate the range of possible colours using different ways of manipulating fabric. Basic contemporary surface design techniques will be shared to develop complex colours and visual texture. Participants will leave with a notebook containing instructions and recipes for all the dye, medicine and ink processes covered in the workshop. In addition, recipes for other common Indigenous dye recipes will be included.

Each participant will need to bring an apron or wear old clothes. Since fresh walnuts are out of season in the spring, we will use dye powder from crushed walnuts. Instructions for harvesting and processing walnuts in-season will be explained. Participants will also need a pen and highlighter for taking notes, old towels that can be stained with dye, and some large gallon or 2.5 gallon zip lock bags to take home wet samples.

Carola Jones is Algonquin Deer Clan | North Carolina Toisnot Tuscarora | SC Edisto/Gullah | FL Seminole. She is an art, design and technology teaching artist, writer, visual storyteller, Pow Wow dancer in love with creating coloUr on fabric and with a passion for modern quilting. Carola is a practicing studio artist exploring the concepts of place and memory as it relates to the Coastal Plains and Outer Banks of North Carolina. Her goal is to share stories and traditions associated with textiles of Indigenous Algonquin NC Tuscarora and SC Edisto/Gullah people connected to the black sandy soil made famous by fluke cured tobacco, indigo and cotton.