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Natural Dyeing with Food Waste Workshop

April 30, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


Join us in person at Garfield Park Conservatory to learn about natural dyeing with onion skins & avocado pits and leave with two naturally dyed silk bandanas designed by you!

In this class you will learn:

  • Natural dyeing basic principles
  • How to prepare and naturally dye silk fabrics
  • How to create dye baths from food waste, what some of the best materials are for creating colorfast dyes, and what materials to avoid
  • Simple resist design techniques 
  • How to care for naturally dyed fabrics

During this workshop instructor Kristin Field will guide participants through dyeing and designing two silk bandanas (one in an onion skin dye bath, one in an avocado pit dye bath) to take home.  Kristin has been working with and studying natural dyes for 4 years and is the Adult Experiential Learning Manager with the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance. 

A special thank you to the Sugar Beet Food Co-op in Oak Park, IL for collecting onion skins for this class!

Class available for ages 18+


General Registration – $65

Member/Volunteer Registration – $52

Scholarships are available! Please fill out this Scholarship Application or contact Sara Cortes at for more information. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Saturday, April 9th at 5:00pm CST.

Accommodations: When you register for this workshop you will be asked to provide any accommodations requests. If you have any questions or would like to request an additional accommodation, please contact Sara Cortes at, at least 72 hours prior to the event start.

Please read our updated Covid-19 protocols (link opens in a new tab).

Registration ends April 26th at 5:00pm CST.


April 30, 2022
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60624 United States
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