For years I dreamed of a space for sharing my love of natural dyes with others, a place for creativity and experimentation.
I dreamed of workshops designed to empower participants by providing resources, space, tools and equipment. Some Dye Days would be offered too, just for fun. Quality dyestuffs, responsibly sourced, would be provided and Dyers would be able to dye quantities of their own materials for planned projects.
This space has become a reality, The Outdoor Studio.
Becky Blake has been spinning and dyeing since 1985 and has been a member of Clotho’s Handspinners since that time. She has demonstrated natural dyeing in several Colonial Era venues, State Fair of Virginia, and Meadow Farm. She has led acid, fiber reactive and natural dyeing workshops for many groups over the years, but her real love is natural dyeing. "Make a strong dye pot and work it 'til there's no more color" is her motto.
Some of her time has been spent researching, comparing, and analyzing old and new dye recipes, experimenting to extract as much color as possible from each dye pot. This continues to be her passion and quest. She would love to share her experience and knowledge with you so you would love natural dyeing too.