Lichens are one of the most ancient life forms on our planet. They have been used as a food, as medicine, as fiber and as a dye source for over ten thousand years. In our time together you will learn about this wonderful life form, learn to identify them, responsibly collect them and use them as dyes. In this class, we’ll learn how to do a hot water bath, an archil bath and how to use them in conjunction with other nature dyes to produce a wide range of colors.

Experience Level: none


Students Will Learn: What a lichen is and how it differs from other dye sources. How to collect them responsibly, and how to prepare two types of dye baths.


Students Should Have: no tools or equipment necessary

Instructor Bio: Judith MacKenzie has been a working craftsperson all her life. She believes that teaching and working go hand in hand. She lives in western Washington, on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.


This workshop was recorded exclusively for Lambtown festival. Students who registered before the festival were invited to attend a watch party with the instructor, in which the instructor answered live questions from students.  The recorded workshop and watch party videos are available for purchase now through the end of the year. Students have the opportunity to watch each video multiple times as they work through the techniques or simply soak up the expert advice.


Buyers will receive links to download their Digital products in the Thank You page of the Checkout, along with an emailed link.

Dyeing with Lichens - Recorded Workshop

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