Natures Paintbox - Bundle Dying With Botanicals

Artist: Wendy Getchell
Medium: workshop

Price: $200

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One Day Workshop: Thurs, Aug 9th 10:00am - 5:00pm with a break for lunch
Fee: $175
Materials Fee: $25

Join Fiber Artist and Natural Dyer Wendy Getchell and experience the magic that happens when using plants to dye fabric.

You will discover the alchemy of water, plant materials, heat and natural oxides, and end the day with your own bundle dyed scarf and dyed silk ribbon.

We will begin the day with a brief introductory session, followed by a stroll down historic Canyon Road to view the beautiful gallery gardens and discuss the various plants and how they can be used for dying. There will even be some gathering of materials along the way.

Returning to the Workshop, you will choose your materials from a wide variety of provided flowers, leaves and teas. Before we begin our bundles, you will learn different techniques for bundling and tying the fabric. When finished bundling, the steaming process will begin as you break for a healthy catered lunch and beverages.

When the bundles have finished steaming and cooling we will begin the big reveal as we share our creations with our fellow participants and discuss our individual processes. At this point, you will be given the option to perform a bit of magic with oxides and salts to change the colors your plants have given you.

We end the day with a group discussion and you will be given some insight into other types of dying with plant material.

Note: Please wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind staining and comfortable walking shoes. You may want to bring a water bottle and feel free to bring your own flowers and leaves for dying (optional).


* All dye materials and catered lunch
* Your choice of either a 35”x35” Silk scarf or a 24” x 80” cotton shawl with a tasseled edge plus 2 yards of silk ribbon and test fabric strips
* Techniques for preparing and laying out the botanical materials
* Methods of rolling, tying and heating bundled materials
* Finishing techniques
* Discussion of other natural dye techniques
* Recommended print and online resources
* List of material sources

Instructor Bio

Wendy Getchell is a fiber artist and dyer. A former ceramic artist, she started weaving 30 years ago and has always been fascinated by textiles. After working in the fashion industry for 20 years and owning three successful fashion boutiques for 15 years, she retired to Santa Fe to resume her creative process with fiber. Since then she has become immersed in weaving, knitting, and botanical dying primarily with locally sourced flowers and plants to create one of a kind wearable items, fiber, and fabrics.

***CRC has a policy of a minimum of 4 students per workshop unless otherwise specified, and the maximum is determined by the teacher and is posted in the description on our website. If we do not meet our minimum, 7 days ahead of schedule the workshop will either be canceled or rescheduled. In either case you will be notified and your payment will be reimbursed or credited to a future class. If you are coming from out of town please feel free to contact us to determine the status of your workshop.***