Nottoway Natural Dye Workshop- Instructor: Carola Jones

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Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia Community House and Interpretive Center

23186 Main Street

Capron, VA 23829

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Eastern Woodlands Natural Dye Workshop

Sponsored by Nottoway Nation of Virginia

Friday, May 3 & Saturday, May 4, 2019

One-Day Indigo Dyeing Either May 3rd or May 4th

*Two-Day Workshop Black Walnut Dyeing*

Link to Presentation Showing Examples of Poo’miikapi Textiles

Poo’miikapi (Learn, Teach, Share, Heal) Shawl & Blanket Workshop

In this workshop we will make cloth scared by hand dyeing in either natural plant based indigo or black walnuts hulls. Black walnut dyeing will need to soak overnight to achieve a rich color. Black walnut will need to go in vat on Friday, May 3rd, soak overnight and be removed on Saturday. Depending on temperature and drying conditions, plan on having wet or damp fabric to take home. Wool takes a long time to dry and needs to lay flat. However, natural indigo process will only need to be in dye vat for 30 minutes to achieve a beautiful blue. You will have your choice of the following to dye:

  • Otahpiaaki Shawl from hand woven 100% organic cotton mull with rolled hem on all 4 sizes that measure 46” x 82” | Shawls Cost $40 each & will need to be preordered. >> Link to Order | Fabric will be scoured for you and brought to workshop ready to dye.

  • Two yards of cotton, linen or hemp fabric to make your own shawl. You will need to scour your fabric using washing soda and blue Dawn prior to dyeing. Plan on this being a 2-day process, if you scour you fabric at the workshop location. You can scour at home. Here is a link to my Blog, if you want to scour your fabric at home and bring it ready to dye at the workshop. >> How To Scour Fabric

  • Wool for your own Pendleton style blanket for Eastern Woodlands Blanket Dance or for your Regalia. Order 1 ½ yards of 60” Natural Wool from Pro Chemical & Dye. Finished blanket approximately 54” x 60”. >> Link to Order

The goal of this workshop is to reconnect natural dyeing with the Nottoway Tribe of Virginia and to empower Clan Mothers and Tribal members to be proficient in traditional Algonquin Natural Dyeing practices.

Workshop Supplies Provided by Participants:

  • Tobacco

  • Paper Towels

  • Latex or Rubber Gloves

  • Clothespins

  • Scissors

  • Apron or Old Clothes

  • Old Towels

  • Ziplock Bags for Take Home Wet Samples

  • Wool 100% cotton, linen, or hemp for shawl or blanket (see sizes and ordering information above)

Workshop Materials Provided by Teaching Artist:

  • All Dyes (Crushed Black Walnut Hulls & Natural Plant Based Indigo Powder)

  • All chemicals related to dyeing process & scouring of fabric

  • Dye Pots & Spoons

  • Electric Hot Water Kettle & 2 Hot Plates

  • Tobacco & Peanut Twine

  • Rubber Bands

  • Clamps

  • Tyvek for Labels & Black Sharpie

  • Heavy Mil Plastic

  • Iron & Pressing Board


Dinner - Friday, Breakfast and Lunch -Saturday will be potluck. Please bring a dish to share. We do have refrigerator and kitchen facilities available for the event.


No block of rooms are reserved as this is a small gathering. Recommended Hotels include:

1. Hampton Inn Emporia

898 Wiggins Road, Emporia, Virginia, 23847 +1-434-634-9200 FAX: +1-434-348-0071

2. Country Inn and Suites Emporia

107 Sadler Lane, Emporia, VA 23847 +1 434 336-0001

Note: Refund Policy below applies only to workshop fee. Any orders placed for supplies are not the responsibility of the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia.

Instructor Bio: Carola Jones


Indigenous Bloodline: Algonquin Deer Clan Elder | NC Toisnot Tuscarora | FL Seminole. Indigenous Teaching Artist, writer, visual storyteller, Pow Wow dancer in love with creating color on fabric and stitching techniques to re-claim traditional indigenous cultural practices associated with Textiles. A practicing studio artist exploring the art concepts of place and memory as it relates to the Coastal Plains and Outer Banks of NC. My goals are to share stories and traditions associated with Algonquin Eastern North Carolina Tuscarora people connected to the black sandy soil made famous by fluke cured tobacco, indigo and cotton.

Carola received a B.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with graduate and teacher education study at East Carolina University, Penland School of Crafts and Western Carolina University. She has traveled extensively in Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltics. Carola has 25 years teaching experience in the N.C. Community College System, K-12 and university learning environments. She is owner of Indigo Fibershed tasked with bringing back her grandmother’s natural dye garden.

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