Making Color Magic in the Dye Garden

Sun Oct 01 2023 at 10:00 am to 02:00 pm

Alemany Farm | San Francisco

Friends of Alemany Farm
Publisher/HostFriends of Alemany Farm
Making Color Magic in the Dye Garden
Learn how to get started with dyeing fabric using plants.
About this Event

Making Color In the Dye Garden at Alemany Farm
Sunday October 1st 10 AM - 2 PM

This workshop introduces you to a variety of plants you can use to make color—both foraged and cultivated—providing you with basic information on supplies needed and how to make choices of plants and fibers to use. Walk the early fall farmscape and learn to read it as a color palette holding a wide range of hues. You will participate in dyeing with coreopsis and madder from the Alemany Farm Dye Garden, taking home freshly-dyed lengths of fabric, along with a how-to-guide and bibliography for handy at-home reference. We’ll talk briefly about growing dye plants from seed, and we’ll dip our toe into the popular world of ecoprinting with blooms from the dye garden.

Please note: This is an introductory workshop. If you have some experience and are looking for more advanced instruction, this workshop may not be for you.

LisaRuth Elliott, a Friends of Alemany Farm Auxiliary member and farm volunteer since 2010, is a visual and fiber artist, weaver and creator of textiles. Learn more about her work at and follow her urban and color making adventures on Instagram: @lisaruthcreates and @sfurbanwanderer

SUGGESTED DONATION: $40 per person which includes materials fee. All materials and fabric provided.


What do I do if I cannot afford the suggested donation?

We encourage everyone to make an offering commensurate with your means, and in an amount that feels powerful to you - such gifts make workshops like these possible. We also do not want money to be a barrier to entry. Therefore our workshop is offered freely: please select the "Equity Admission" option if it applies to you. If you can afford to make a bigger donation, your contribution will support this opportunity for those with more limited available funds.

Can I get there with public transportation?

Yes, please see the Get Involved page on our website. Note if you are taking BART, please use the walking directions provided here (google can lead you astray).

Is there parking?

Yes there is limited parking on the farm (on the gravel drive inside the fence). There is also street parking on Alemany Blvd and Ellsworth streets.


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Alemany Farm, 700 Alemany Blvd, San Francisco, United States


USD 0.00 to USD 75.00

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