Classes and workshops for adults include natural dyeing, eco printing, creating indigo dye vats, shibori textile design, seasonal crafts, and fiber arts. Most are held here at Cedar Dell Forest Farm in our classroom with a beautiful view of the forest (and sheep and chickens!) from the large windows. Unless otherwise noted, workshops are taught by Casey Newman.

See all currently scheduled workshops below.


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Natural Indigo Dyeing Workshop

Date/time: Saturday, February 16 1 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: Cedar Dell Forest Farm

This beautiful blue dye comes from the indigo plant but using it is more than a just-add-water process. In this workshop you will learn to create and use an indigo dye vat, unlocking the mysteries of this pigment that has been used throughout the world for centuries.

We will also explore the art of shibori dyeing. Shibori is a Japanese technique of creating patterns by folding, using objects as resists and even stitching. There are infinite ways to manipulate fabric to create beautiful, unique designs and everything necessary to try out numerous techniques will be provided.

Participants will each be provided two 28 inch dish towels and a cotton tote bag to dye. You are welcome to bring additional small, light colored items to dye. Don’t be shy - there will be plenty of dye!

This workshop includes:

  • all instruction and supplies

  • 2 dish towels

  • 1 tote bag

  • coffee, tea, and light snacks

  • a fun, relaxed atmosphere to be creative and inspire each other


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Botanical Printing + Cochineal Dye

Date/time: Sunday, March 17, 10 am - 4 pm
Location: Sisters, Oregon

Hosted by The Stitchin’ Post.

Learn to create beautiful nature-inspired textiles using natural dyes and real leaves! Participants in this workshop will learn two ways of combining natural dyes with botanical printing, also called eco-printing - the art of creating permanent leaf prints using only the natural pigments in the leaves themselves. We will use natural cochineal dye and learn to use modifiers to shift the color from hues of pink to deep purple.

Participants will create two silk scarves as well as two similar lengths of cotton fabric that can be used in future sewing projects. Participants will also take home handouts that include complete descriptions of methods covered in class as well as additional information and sources for supplies.


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Intro to Botanical Printing

Date/time: Saturday, April 13, 10 am - 2 pm
Location: Cedar Dell Forest Farm

Spend a day in our idyllic studio in the woods and learn how to permanently print the images of leaves onto fabric, using only the natural pigments found within each leaf. You will come away from the workshop with your very own leaf-printed scarf. Scarves measure 11 inches wide and 60 inches long. You will be able to choose a 100% silk scarf or a silk/wool blend.

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided and enjoyed while our fabric bundles are "cooking."

This workshop includes:

  • all supplies necessary to eco-print a scarf

  • handout including instructions and a supply list so you can continue to practice this art at home

  • light lunch, coffee, tea

  • a fun, relaxed atmosphere to be creative and inspire each other


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Botanical Printing on Paper

Date/time: Friday, April 26, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Newport, Oregon (part of the Newport Paper and Book Arts Festival)

Registration opens in early February. More information here.

In this workshop participants will learn how to permanently print the images of leaves onto paper, using only the natural pigments found within each leaf. No experience with botanical printing is necessary.

We will explore different types of paper and mordants and even incorporate some other natural dyes into our works. We will experiment with various techniques of layering leaves and natural materials with paper to create beautiful, nature-inspired designs. Participants will come away from the workshop with a variety of printed papers, ranging in size from 4 x 6 to 15 x 22 inches, and the knowledge to continue exploring this art form beyond the class. Printed papers will be suitable for framing, using in paper crafts such as card making or scrapbooking, or binding into unique handmade books.


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Botanical Printing + Indigo Dye

Date/time: May 11, 10 am - 4 pm
Location: Cedar Dell Forest Farm

Learn to create beautiful nature-inspired textiles using natural indigo dye and real leaves! In this workshop you will learn two ways of combining indigo dye with botanical printing, the art of creating permanent leaf prints using only the natural pigments in the leaves themselves. The beautiful, shimmering blues of indigo are the perfect compliment to the leaf prints.

In this workshop you will learn to create and use an indigo dye vat and also explore the art of shibori dyeing - a Japanese technique of creating patterns by folding and using objects as resists - while also learning the basics of botanical printing. This workshop covers more techniques than the Intro to Botanical Printing class, but is still suitable for beginners.

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided and enjoyed while our fabric bundles are "cooking."

This workshop includes:

  • all supplies necessary to create two silk scarves

  • handout including instructions and a supply list so you can continue to practice this art at home

  • light lunch, coffee, tea

  • a fun, relaxed atmosphere to be creative and inspire each other


“Casey was a really great instructor, and the setting of the Farm itself was absolutely charming [. . .] Perfect for beginners and for those who've gotten their hands dirty with prior dyeing experience, we highly recommend Casey's workshops, and look forward to our next visit.” - 2018 workshop participant

“Casey is a scientist and experienced printer and calm teacher. The class was small, informative and answered through a straight forward demo. Casey was generous answering questions and letting you love and meet her animal friends.”
- 2018 workshop participant

Are you interested in having a unique workshop created for your group of friends, coworkers, or club? 
From an hour-long art project to a full-day natural dye workshop, your program can be held at your home or meeting place, or at Cedar Dell Forest Farm. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: nature print-making, natural dyes, holiday crafting, eco printing, making herbal salves and body products, a guided nature hike, and more! Have a unique idea? I'd love to hear from you! Please contact me at casey@cedardellforestfarm.com