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First Plant to Fiber Study Group Meeting

July 21 @ 1:30 pm 3:30 pm

Our first Plant Fiber Study Group meeting.
Sunday July 21, 1:30 pm at Pacific Textile Arts.  
This will be an ongoing study group that meets at least once a month to explore uses of local plants and plant fibers..


Intros and talk about our areas of interest

Bring samples of plants you want to explore if you have them.

Show and tell – bring things you’ve made from plant fibers  to share

Figure out what community and individual projects we want to pursue

Develop a meeting format.

Open to all PTArts members
Bring your ideas, plant fiber focus of interest, and any fiber work you have made and would like to share with the group. This group is for anyone interested in exploring uses of local, native, or your own garden plants and flowers. See the list below for ideas that have been presented.

Cost: Free or by donation to Pacific Textile Arts


– Plant fibers to textiles

– New Zealand Flax – processing for the inner fibers and using the leaf for cordage, basketry, and other useful items

– Planting a flax plot and processing it to make cloth, a season long group project

– Nettles, milkweed and other fibers to cloth, a season long group project

– Agave fiber – processing the fiber, making household items, dyeing it with natural dyes, weaving, knitting and other uses

– Natural dyeing – with plants, roots, flowers grown that are foraged or grow in our gardens.

– Creating a dye garden that we tend at Pacific Textile Arts

– Working with the PTArts group at the botanical garden dye garden

– A monthly community dyeing day, using local & garden grown plants, flowers, roots, mushrooms etc.

– Developing a record of local plants, their properties for fiber and dyeing use

– Indigo dyeing, vat processes from our own home grown indigo plants.

– Mushroom dyeing and ink making

– Pigment extraction from native and garden plants for making lake pigments, ink , watercolor, oil and egg tempera paints.

– Painting on cloth and fiber with hand made lake pigments & paints

– Cordage and its uses

– Use of various plant fibers for basketry, broom making, floor mats and other utility and artistic items

– Exploring and learning to extract bast (wood) fibers for textile use and paper making.

– Paper making from local plants

– Involvement with the Fibershed movement

– Field trips to places like Chico Flax in Chico, John Marshall Indigo dyer in Covelo


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Wednesday 10:30am-noon
Thursday 1-4pm
Saturday: 11am-1pm
& by appointment

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