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Stirring Up Magic in a Pot” Dye Workshop 2022

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Nancy Z Parcels  Rustburg, Virginia  

Dates:  Evening – Thursday, August 18, 2022 
Time:  6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 
Class Fee: $65.00 / Sauder Village Members $55.00
Supply Fee: $40.00 - payable to teacher during class
Location: Founder’s Hall – Dye Kitchen
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color-plan-in-a-pot-dye-workshop-Nancy-Z-Parcels-2022Come join Nancy for an evening of making “MAGIC” in the dye pot and discover the wonders of dyeing wools - without using commercial dyes!

The evening will focus on transferring dye from one fiber to another fiber, using men’s silk ties.

This is a hands-on dye workshop, so everyone will be participating in the dyeing. We will be working with men’s silk ties which have a rich sheen, wide variety of eye-catching patterns, and come in a rainbow of colors. This will include learning how to properly deconstruct the ties, and identifying the tie fiber. We will learn the different methods of silk tie dyeing. The end result will be a piece of patterned and colorful 100% wool – which students will take home with them.


Nancy will share her favorite tips and techniques for creating a color plan in a pot, and students will participate in this step too. She will have finished hooked rugs as examples of how and where to use silk tie dyed wool, for optimum results. There will be plenty of time for question-and-answers, while the wools process in the pots.

A booklet will be provided with detailed silk tie dyeing instructions. The wool samples, created in class, may be added to the booklet as a reference for your future dyeing.

There will also be discussions on dying safety and dying equipment, as well as what works, what doesn’t work, and some resources for setting up your own dye kitchen.

Silk tie dyeing produces beautiful and unique results every time, hence the MAGIC!


Teacher will contact students prior to class: No

Level:  Everyone welcome, no prior dyeing knowledge or experience required 

Supply fee description: Instructional booklet, wool to dye, two silk men’s ties, and samples of silk tie dyed wools.  

Students Need to Bring: Scissors, and pen (for notes). Please note: students may wish to wear an apron or old cloths, to prevent stains, as well as wear comfortable shoes.

Bio: Nancy Z. Parcels began her hooking career in 1999 and worked on her own for the first two years. Meeting her Mentor, Yvonne Miller opened many doors into the rug hooking world.

Nancy became a McGown accredited teacher in 2007. Her rugs have been featured in Rug Hooking Magazine and in Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs on 5 different occasions. Several of her rugs have been exhibited at State Fairs, juried art shows, and the Pennsylvania State Museum. In 2019, she received the People’s Choice Award at Rug Hooking Week in the Oriental/Crewel/Geometric category, and in 2020, she received the People’s Choice Award in Animals/Birds/Insects for Stinky-The 2020 Mascot.

tie-dyed-wool-dye-workshop-Nancy-Z-Parcels-2022Nancy frequently writes articles for Rug Hooking Magazine. She travels and teaches at camps and rug schools, and regularly teaches and color plans from her Rustburg, Virginia home.



Gallery Talk registration may be completed in person at Founder’s Hall Information Table, Wednesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cash, Check or Credit Card payment will be accepted.

“Trio of Dimensional Halloween Pins” with Cheryl Bollenbach ($65 fee, evening class, Thursday, August 17) is the only class with additional openings. Registration will be accepted in person at the Founder’s Hall Information Table up until noon on Thursday, August 17th.

Thank you for making this a SOLD OUT year for so many of our classes.