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Dyeing a scarf with California plants

Mill Valley, United States

Experience hosted by Auli

2.5 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 8 people
Includes tickets

What you'll do

I'm offering a fun workshop where you will dye a wool or silk scarf that you can wear while exploring the sometimes chilly California coast and bring back home as a souvenir to keep those memories alive! During the workshop you will learn the process of natural dyeing from extracting dyes from local plants dyeing a scarf. Inspired by the traditions in this region we will use acorn, eucalyptus leaves and coffee berry bush leaves. You will have a wide choice of traditional dyes to work with as well. The workshop is very much hands on, you will be working on your own projects and make your own natural dyes for your scarf. Each person is provided with individual tools and working station. The maximum group size is 8 people, which allows guests to practice social distancing.
Other things to note
The dyeing workshop is hands on and the quests are doing all the steps of natural dyeing. The workshop is not suitable for small children, since we will be handling hot liquids.
I'm offering a fun workshop where you will dye a wool or silk scarf that you can wear while exploring the sometimes chilly California coast and bring back home as a souvenir to keep those memories alive! During the workshop you will learn the process of natural dyeing from extracting dyes from local plants dyeing a scarf. Inspired by the traditions in this region we will use acorn, eucalyptus leaves and coffee berry bush leaves. You will have a w…

What's included

  • Tickets
    A choice of a fine wool or silk scarf (sizes 11"x60" to 30"x72")

Meet your host, Auli

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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I taught both children and adults in textile crafts and art for almost thirty years in Finland and trained teachers in that field at the University of Helsinki. Since moving to California three years ago I've opened my own fiber art studio where I continue weaving, dyeing wool using local plants, and teaching workshops on weaving, dyeing and up-cycling materials such as textiles and plastics. I embrace traditions and meld those ideas and methods with modern skills. I'm committed to environmentally sustainable crafts and would like to share the joy of creating and making with you. I'm following all the cleaning and safety guidelines provided by the Airbnb including face covers, cleanness and social distancing.
I taught both children and adults in textile crafts and art for almost thirty years in Finland and trained teachers in that field at the University of Helsinki. Since moving to California three years ago I've opened my own fiber art studio where I continue weaving, dyeing wool using local plants, and teaching workshops on weaving, dyeing and up-cycling materials such as textiles and plastics. I embrace traditions and meld those ideas and methods with modern skills. I'm committed to environmenta…
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Where you'll be

The workshop takes place at Auli's Studio. During the Covid-19 pandemic we are working and dyeing fabrics outdoors on the patio and garden area. My studio is on our peaceful and naturally beautiful property next to national parkland not far from Muir Woods and only 10 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge.
Jesscia
April 2021
Auli is a spectacular host. She is so knowledgeable about the textile industry and using natural dyes! Not only did I go home with an beautiful scarf, I learned so much! Auli even prepared a little folder of information for each of us that participated. This was an amazing learning experience for me and I would definitely come back and do this again!
Auli is a spectacular host. She is so knowledgeable about the textile industry and using natural dyes! Not only did I go home with an beautiful scarf, I learned so much! Auli even…
Annie
April 2021
This experience was amazing! My friends and I loved the beautiful outdoor space where we made the scarves, we felt very immersed in nature. Auli was great at explaining the process and the different types of plants and materials that we could make dye from. She was also very helpful with any questions we had or assistance we needed, and worked with us to make sure we each had something that we loved at the end. The time flew by, and we were all very pleased with our scarves.
This experience was amazing! My friends and I loved the beautiful outdoor space where we made the scarves, we felt very immersed in nature. Auli was great at explaining the process…
Molly
March 2021
Auli- was an incredible host and super knowledgeable not only about natural dyes, but of so many artistic pathways! My group had an absolutely fantastic experience and we loved the outcome of our scarves!
Staci
March 2021
A not to be missed experience! So much fun and you get to go home with a beautiful creation you’ve made yourself. Auli is great! Extremely knowledgeable, interesting, warm, fun, friendly, patient and a very good teacher. When class is over she sends you home with a lovely packet of information and easy instructions to try more dyeing.Auli’s studio is next to her home and the setting is absolutely breathtaking and serene, very calming. I recommend this class for an individual, group or an amazing gift
A not to be missed experience! So much fun and you get to go home with a beautiful creation you’ve made yourself. Auli is great! Extremely knowledgeable, interesting, warm, fun, fr…
Kechun
March 2021
I would HIGHLY recommend anyone to learn from Auli. She’s so lovely and expert in dyeing. She taught us a lot about dyeing with plants. The scarfs turned out to be so pretty!!!! Her house and studio are also so lovely to visit, super peaceful and unique.
I would HIGHLY recommend anyone to learn from Auli. She’s so lovely and expert in dyeing. She taught us a lot about dyeing with plants. The scarfs turned out to be so pretty!!!! He…
Meethu
March 2021
Beautiful studio location! Great experience learning about the different natural dyes and the process of dyeing, creating some nice scarves! Auli also told us fascinating stories about how she discovered some of the elements in nature and experimented with them for dyeing.
Beautiful studio location! Great experience learning about the different natural dyes and the process of dyeing, creating some nice scarves! Auli also told us fascinating stories a…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

What to bring

We will work outside, please dress accordingly. Prepare for changing temperatures and weather.

During Covid-19 pandemic, please bring your own drink and snacks.