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Lichen Dyes of the Pacific Northwest

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May 29, 2024
May 29, 2024
10:00 - 4:00
Participate: In-Person Online
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Workshop Overview

Little is known about lichen dyes but they make some of our regions’ brightest colors, ranging from deep reds to electric purples. In this workshop, participants will learn about the history of lichen and the science surrounding it, all while creating beautiful colors. The group will explore lichens of the forest, learn how to recognize/identify them and discuss their many uses. Participants will learn how to extract lichen dyes and have studio time to practice different techniques. Participants will leave this class with knowledge of how to source and dye with lichens, as well as hand-dyed skeins of yarn, bandanas, pigment samples and a detailed workbook.

About the Instructor(s)

Artist and foraging educator Shelby Lynn has been teaching about the Cascadia bioregion since 2005. Shelby’s practice is focused on deeply knowing and loving the plants of our bioregion, deepening relationship to place through land tending, and fiber arts. They believe that joy, humor and wonder are the best ways to learn. Shelby seeks to help students to learn from the plants. Focus is on the meld of science, laughter, and hands-on learning.

Materials List: Students Bring


Drying Rack

Outdoor Space


Stirring spoons

small jars

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

Woolen yarn





Written materials

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