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Forage and Ecoprint / Saturday, August 10




Saturday, August 10
10 am – 2 pm

$100 (included materials & lunch)

Location: Blue Bird Gardens, 13221 Road 32, Mancos, Colorado 81328

The desert southwest is rich with plants that can be used to create lasting color on plant and animal fibers. Join Laurie Hall of Bluebird Dye Gardens for a walking tour of the native woods around her family farm to gather tannin-rich plants, and get a taste of the earthy colors that have been used by Indigenous people in the area for hundreds of years.

In this botanical dye workshop, you’ll learn about plants you can use in natural dyeing, and forage for plants that grow in our farm’s native woods to use in your eco-print piece. Back at the garden shed, participants will arrange their plants on an organic cotton kitchen towel, and use an “iron blanket” and steam to transfer and enhance plant images. Take home your kitchen towel and the knowledge to do your own foraging and eco-printing! All materials are provided, and a light farm fresh lunch will be served.

No experience required.  Bring comfortable walking shoes and a sun hat and/or sunscreen.


Minimum 5 students.  Maximum 8 students.  

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About The Instructor:

Laurie Hall and her family have been farming in Mancos for 18 years, growing vegetables and hay and raising Navajo Churro sheep. A few years ago, Laurie was introduced to botanical dyes and added a dye garden to her family’s farm operations. Growing and using botanical dyes is farming-science-nature-art all rolled into one, and she was hooked! The use of botanical dyes is something of a lost art and by teaching workshops, Laurie is delighted to share both ancient and new techniques that are beautiful, environmentally friendly, and fun.

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