Florence Thomas Art School


Florence Thomas Art School
(336) 846-3827


Florence Thomas Art School

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Feb 28 2018


10:00 AM - 03:00 PM



Wool Dyeing with Cheryl Roberts

In this class we will be dyeing wool using different techniques of dyeing and different types of dyes.  Chemical dyes such as Cushin make bright, rich colors that do not readily fade when used according to the instructions.  Natural dyes use natural plants including tree bark, leaves, stems and blossoms.  Also bug bodies such as cochineal and Black Walnuts will be used in the class.  We will be discussing color and putting colors together.  Each student will take some dyed wool home to use for rug hooking, quilting, sewing or other projects.

Dyeing takes time, so while you wait Cheryl will show you dyestuff that she has dyed and will explain different techniques.  Please be prepared to take notes during this part of class so you can reproduce dyeing at home or in your studio.  You will take home handouts regarding the workshop.

Materials List:
Notebook or paper for notes
Pen or pencil
Rubber Gloves

Workshop Teacher

  • Cheryl Roberts

    I am a certified Mc Gown rug hooking teacher. I love to teach, as it is a way to carry on the rug hooking tradition. I began hooking in 2003 after I inherited rug hooking equipment from my Mother-in-Law. My first rug was a design I drew on linen backing, a gecko. I then drew my pet dog on backing and hooked her. By this time I had a passion for rug hooking and therefore signed up to be a trainee at the Southeastern McGown Workshop in Asheville.

    In 2006 I received a Regional Artist Grant Award for rug hooking and again in 2012 I was awarded a grant to help with the expenses of developing my own patterns. My work has been exhibited at the Country Inn Rug Hooking workshop in Ridge, N.H., Caraway Rug Hooking workshop in Asheboro, N.C., Southeastern Teachers workshop in Asheville, N.C. and in galleries in West Jefferson and Boone.