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The Finnish Dyers’ Guild

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The Finnish Dyers’ Guild, Värjärikilta ry, is a voluntary organisation of Finnish natural dyers. The guild was established in 2001. Kris-Tiina Valolahti was the one to organise the first meeting, and she was also the chairperson for the first years.

The aims of the guild

  • to make the natural dyes more known in Finland
  • to support and develop the work in the field of natural dyes via activities
  • to keep the natural dyeing tradition alive

Activities

The main activities of the guild are the organisation of the annual natural dyers’ days, Värjäripäivät, the organisation of exhibitions related to natural dyes, and publishing a magazine for the guild members.

The first national dyers’ days – or originally a dyers’ week – was organised in July 2002 in Iitti. After that the dyers’ days have been organised every summer in various parts of Finland.

Contact info

The guild chairperson and secretary can be reached by e-amail: info (at) varjarikilta.fi

Events

The main event of the guild is the annual ”Dyers’ days”, Värjäripäivät, which is a four-day-event held somewhere in Finland in July.

In 2019, the Finnish natural dyers’ workhop, Värjäripäivät, will be held in 18.-21.7.2019 at Lammi Biological Station — a research station of Helsinki University located in the lake district of southern Finland.

Registration

The registration has started on 1 June and will end on 30 June 2019. Please note, that you can only register to one course per day. Link to the registration form (in Finnish): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeJDTWQS8FeEbGpviLtK248hDb_vvB50G3ddyc2UV9P6ViO4Q/viewform

The amount of participants is limited in all courses. If you are not able to register by yourself, please contact Mira Romakkaniemi, who will be our workshop hostess. She can be reached via telephone during the workshop and the registration period at +358 45 6957 859 from Mon-Fri at 17–21 and on weekends at 10–21.

Course schedule and course descriptions

Lectures on Thursday (in Finnish)

Workshops on Thursday

Ryijyn solmiminen / Knotted pile rug technique, Thu 18.7.2019
Teacher: Pirjo Kuisma

Ristikkonauhojen tekoa / Belt weaving, Thu 18.7.2019
Teachers: Salla Hänninen and Leena Seppä

 

Courses on/starting on Friday:

Keittovärjäyksen peruskurssi / Basic course in natural dyeing, Fri 19.7.2019
Teacher: Seija Lahtinen
The basics of natural dyeing: learning how to extract dyes from raw materials by boiling them and how to transfer the amazing natural colour palette to yarn.

Punaiset värit / Red colours, Fri 19.7.2019
Teacher: Terhikki Mäkelä
Playing with madder, cochineal and sandalwood along with various mordants. Expected results: various shades of reds and purples.

Ekoprint-perusteet / Ecoprint basics (1st day) – a two-day course on Fri 19.7.2019 – Sat 20.7.2019
Teacher: Salla Hänninen
Transferring shapes and partly colours of various plants onto fabrics: wool, silk, cotton and linen.

Luova kudonta / Come along and WeaveCreativelyTM, Fri 19.7.2019
Teacher: textile designer, textile artist Niina Hiltunen
Weaving course on which you will get to know a creative way to weave in a nice, relaxing atmosphere. You don’t have to know anything about weaving. All you need is an open mind and an urge to try something new! We will weave a small fabric using a rigid heddle loom using your own naturally dyed yarn. More info available at www.luovakudonta.fi.

Värjätään luonnonväreillä mikroaaltouunissa / Natural dyeing using microwave oven, Fri 19.7.2019
Teacher: Anna-Karoliina Tetri
Microwave oven can be used for dyeing small amounts of yarn, fabrics or fibers. You can create variegated yarn by using various colours or create different shades by using various mordants. On the course, we use small amounts of wool yarns testing the possibilities of using microwave oven.

Courses on/starting on Saturday

Värjärin värttinäkehruu / Dyers’ spindle spinning, Sat 20.7.2019
Teacher: Kirsi Kostamo
In addition to yarn and fabric, you can also dye spinning material, like wool tops and raw wool. Spinning with spindles is the most easy and simple way of spinning. You can take your spindle anywhere, it is cheap, or even free if you make it by yourself. During this course we create yarn from wool that we card with hand carders. We test various plying styles and create hanks which we then finish by washing or using shock methods.

Vihreät värit / Green colours, Sat 20.7.2019
Teacher: Terhikki Mäkelä
We will create green shades using eg. nettle, lupine, birch leaves, raspberry leaves, rowan leaves, tansy, onion skins. We also turn the yellow shades into greens using indigo. We use mainly wool and silk. You can also use cotton and linen if you mordant them at home before the course. We will test various plants, yarns and mordants.

Ekoprint-perusteet / Ecoprint basics (2nd day) – a two-day course on Fri 19.7.2019 – Sat 20.7.2019
Teacher: Salla Hänninen
Transferring shapes and partly colours of various plants onto fabrics: wool, silk, cotton and linen.

Frock: värjäys, maalaus, painanta mekkokankaille / Frock: dyeing, painting and printing fabrics for dresses (1st day), – a two day course on Sat 20.7.2019 – Sun 21.7.2019
Teacher: Ulla-Maija Vuorinen
Techniques used on the course include ice dyeing, solar printing, screen printing, aquarelle colouring, shibori and indigo dyeing. You can also create your own screen for screen printing, using your own picture, size A4. Teacher will provide the frames. Suitable dress materials are thin, washed cotton and linen fabrics bourette and pongee silk and viscose. For burn out printing you will need off white silk viscose velvet.

pH-muuntelu sienivärjäyksessä / pH changes in mushroom dyeing (a one-day course)
Teacher: Pirjo Lackberg
We will use dried mushrooms (cortinarius species, velvet pax, tooth fungi (possible some polypore and lichen)). We aim to get various shades of the same dye pot by changing the pH value.

Siniset värit / Blue colours, Sat 20.7.2019
Teacher: Tuovi Aalto
We will create a vat using both fresh leaves and indigo powder.

Courses on Sunday

Frock: värjäys, maalaus, painanta mekkokankaille / Frock: dyeing, painting and printing fabrics for dresses (2nd day), – a two day course on Sat 20.7.2019 – Sun 21.7.2019
Teacher: käsi- ja taideteollisuusopettaja Ulla-Maija Vuorinen
Techniques used on the course include ice dyeing, solar printing, screen printing, aquarelle colouring, shibori and indigo dyeing. You can also create your own screen for screen printing, using your own picture, size A4. Teacher will provide the frames. Suitable dress materials are thin, washed cotton and linen fabrics bourette and pongee silk and viscose. For burn out printing you will need off white silk viscose velvet.

pH-muuntelu sienivärjäyksessä / pH changes in mushroom dyeing (a one-day course)
Teacher: Pirjo Lackberg
We will use dried mushrooms (cortinarius species, velvet pax, tooth fungi (possible some polypore and lichen)). We aim to get various shades of the same dye pot by changing the pH value.

Oranssit ja keltaiset värit / Orange and yellow colours, Sun 21.7.2019
Teacher: Seija Lahtinen
On this course, we will utilize the colour therapy of the nature by creating yellow and orange dyes.

Maavärit / Earth pigments, Sun 21.7.2019
Teacher: FM Kris-Tiina Valolahti
The history and production of earth pigments. The variety of earth pigments on different areas. Painting examples of the most common earth pigments on wood using tempera technique. Excursion to the Foundation of the Heritage of All the Saints of Mount Athos in Panagia, Lammi to learn about the use of earth pigments in mural painting and icon painting.

 

Address:
Lammin Biological Station, Pääjärventie 320, 16900 Lammi, Finland

Course fees:

1 day: 65 €
2 days: 120 €
3 days: 165 €
4 days: 200 €

The course fees are to be paid before the natural dyeing workshop.

If you haven’t booked the evening snack, the fee for the food at the fireplace is 7 €, in cash.

The workshop will begin at 10:00 on Thursday with a welcoming coffee. Other course days will begin at 9:00. One course day consists of 8 lessons à 45 min.

Course participants will receive a letter from their teacher advising of the equipment needed on the course and of possible material fees.

Accommodation and food

Accomodation: in the student dormitory, either in single rooms or two person rooms with common bathrooms. Pets are not allowed.

Accommodation and food must be reserved when registering on the courses. They will also be paid along the course fees.

Accommodation fees (including linen):

  • single room: 61 € / night / person
  • 2 person room: 41 € / night / person

Food:

  • full board: breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee, dinner and evening snack 40 €/person/day
  • half board: lunch, afternoon coffee and dinner 27 €/person/day
  • Sunday lunch package: breakfast, lunch and afternoon coffee with a bun 27 €/person

Schedules:

  • breakfast 8:00–9:00
  • lunch 12:00–13:00
  • afternoon coffee 14:30
  • dinner 17:00–18:00
  • evening snack will we available at the dormitory kitchen

Participants will pay the accommodation and food along with the course fees. There is a kitchen available at the dormitory.

The workshop hostess Mira Romakkaniemi will be available during the workshop days via telephone +358 45 6957 859.

Cancellation conditions

Registrations can be cancelled without extra fees two weeks prior to the beginning of the course. If the registration is cancelled one week prior to the course, cancellation fee is 50 % of the course price. If the registration is cancelled later than one week prior to the course, cancellation fee is the course price. No fees will be charged if you can provide us with a doctor’s certificate.

Additional program

  • Friday: a group discussion around the campfire of the topic How to develop the Guild of Natural Dyers. Selection of the Natural Dyer and the plant of the year. Planning the 20th anniversary of the guild in 2021.
  • Saturday: possibility to go to sauna near the lake: bring your own swimming suit.
  • Exhibition during the workshop. Participants are asked to bring to the exhibition their own creations which they have realized using materials coloured using natural dyes.