Cochineal Valentine Making

Saturday February 9th
12 – 4pm

146 Main Street – Beacon

Join NY Textile Lab and Colorant this February to explore the unique dye called Cochineal. This amazing dye is made from the female insects of the genus Dactylopius, that colonize on the prickly pear cactus native to Mexico, Central America and South America. Cochineal has been used to dye textiles in the Americas since the 10th century. Cochineal dye produces a powerful range of fuchsias, reds and purples. Join Textile Lab at Colorant 146 Main Street, Beacon to create Valentine’s Day cards using thickened cochineal dye, handmade paper and textile scraps! Bring more meaning to Valentine’s Day with these special hand made Valentine’s cards for your loved ones. $25 for a package of 5 valentines. Kids are welcome to participate. Register in Advance required.

Comprehensive Natural Dye Workshop with Cochineal Saturday February 23rd from 12pm-3pm

Learn about the vibrancy and range of purple and red dyes that can be achieved from the bug cochineal! This comprehensive workshop teaches participants about the history and contemporary use of cochineal dye. Learn how to extract dye from the insects and shift the color by altering the pH of the dye solution. Explore dyeing cochineal on different textiles; cotton, silk, bast fibers and wool. $65 Fee includes all materials. Register in Advance required.

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