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Natural Dyeing Techniques

June 18, 2023

10 AM - 1 PM

Nordia House



ALL YOUTHS (12-18): $50

In this 3-hour workshop we will work with locally foraged as well as cultivated plant materials to extract vibrant colors. Using non-toxic mordants on wool, silk and cotton fabrics, we will create a swatch card showcasing the range of colors from each plant. Students will leave with an instructional handout, completed swatch cards and dyed fabric yardage. All materials will be provided.


Natural dyeing techniques are documented starting in the Viking age in the Nordic regions and continued to be an important part of the Nordic countries. These natural dyeing techniques flourished in local communities with local flora and fauna. Plants, trees, bark, lichen, shrubs, mushrooms, and even seaweed were used to decorate clothing and other textiles with vivid colors. Often because of the weather and land which limited the use of crop growing there was little land that could be used for farming. Because of this, trading was a large part of the economy.  Natural dyeing supplies and garments were included in this important part of trading and economy.


Natural dyeing is still a flourishing artform in modern day Nordic culture and of course, an American culture. Join us with local artist Megan Mesloh to experiment with these techniques.


If weather permitting classes will be outside at Nordic Northwest’s forested Fogelbo property. Students please wear long pants or an apron, close toed shoes

Meet your instructor, Megan Mesloh:
Megan Mesloh is a textile designer and teacher based in Portland, OR. Renewing traditional techniques for apparel and interior application, she works with weaving, surface pattern and sculpture. She received her BFA in textiles from Oregon College of Art and Craft. Find more information about her word on her website here:

Refunds: All ticket sales are final.

Parking: We encourage guests to use public transportation or ride-sharing services. Our 50-space parking lot is open on a first come, first-served, basis and limited street parking is available on SW 89th & 90th Avenues.


Accessibility: Nordia House has two accessible parking spots in our main lot facing SW Oleson Rd. Both the main entrance facing SW Oleson Rd. and our side entrance facing SW Taylors Ferry Rd. are wheelchair accessible. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. We will do our best to accommodate your needs upon arrival. Please call 503-977-0275 or email to arrange further assistance.

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