Dyeing with Cochineal

cochineal wools
cochineal dyes

Let us enter the magical world of dyeing with Cochineal!

Cochineal is a renewable natural dye from the female insect (Dactylopius coccus) that grows on the Nopal cactus leave and native to Latin America. It can yield a spectrum of shades of pink, reds and purples depending on on the mordants and or modifiers. The dye is sensitive to PH balances of acids or alkaline we will try a variety of baths with both cellulose and protein fibres. Trying a pear juice and hydrated lime-induced bath to experiment with pigment results. We will play with resist techniques (Shibori) and have a palette of quilting or sewing squares for future projects.

Class Limit is 8 students.

Cost of Course
Kit Fee
Course Difficulty
Course Type
Course Time
Saturday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
Sunday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Sunday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
Apron, rubber gloves, mask, scissors, dental floss, needles, clothes dryer rack,
Old stainless spoons.