Saturday, May 23, 2009

Earth’s Palette: Natural Colors for Fiber and Fabric

Various Deadlines: Consult brochure and links

Conference & Workshops
Earth’s Palette: Natural Color for Fiber and Fabric

The Mountain and Valley Wool Association
Taos, NM
September 26-28, 2009

Download Conference Brochure with full details: [pdf]

The Mountain and Valley Wool Association is pleased to announce a special event this year: a two and a half day conference that features presentations, panel discussions, exhibits and vendors, all centered on the subject of natural colors and dyes.

Workshops before and after the conference will provide us with in depth, hands on experiences, and we can all look forward to going home with new information and new friends!

Click here for the workshop/conference registration form.
Click here for a list of workshops.
Click here for the 2009 Complete Catalog of the Taos Wool Festival and the Earth’s Palette Conference.

Earth’s Palette Keynotes
Pamela Feldman: Pushing the Horizon/Doing New Research in Natural Dyes
Luisa Gelenter: Old Way, Good Way: Manifesting Ancient Traditions with Natural Dyes
John Marshall: PIGMENTS/ Reliable Color Since Earliest Times
Michelle Wipplinger: The Revitalization of Natural Dyes

Other topics will include:
 Japanese Ikat and Indigo
 Medicinal Uses of Natural Dye Plants
 Making Natural Egg Tempera Paints
 Natural Dyes and Felting
 Natural Dye Applications in Clothing
 Acid & Base Experiments with Natural Dyes
 Indigo Dyeing in Western Nigeria
And much more!

The conference will take place at the Sagebrush Inn, in Taos, New Mexico which offers a beautiful conference facility, plenty of venues for socializing, and wonderful lodging with a free full breakfast. We have secured discounted lodging rates for the conference, as well as the workshop times, so please refer to Earth’s Palette or the Wool Association when making your reservations. Sagebrush Inn: 1-800-428-3626 or 1-575-758-2254

Click here for the workshop registration form.
Click here for the presenter’s workshop proposal form.

Want to help? We’ll have a few work study positions available, and some classes will require assistants. In addition, anyone can volunteer to help out during the conference. Also, making a donation to the scholarship fund will enable those who could not otherwise afford to attend to be with us.

More to share? We’ll include as many presentations and vendors as possible. To learn more about presenting at Earth’s Palette, or about having your work in a local gallery, or for more information or to volunteer contact Liesel Orend,, 505-753-9744.

Click here for Vendor Information

For more vendor information, contact Coralie Silvey Jones,, 575-758-9465.

For questions regarding the Taos Wool Festival:


or write to: P.O. Box 2754, Taos, New Mexico 87571

or call toll free: 800-684-0340 or

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