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Salamanca Garden Club Meets July 8 Explores Natural Plant Dyes

The Salamanca Garden Club will hold its next meeting on Monday, July 8 at 7 p.m. at the United Congregational Methodist Church. The program is called “Harvesting Color from Your Garden.”

Members will learn about plants that can be turned into natural dyes. Three demonstrations utilizing dyed fabrics and fibers will be presented. The first will be how wool is dyed, cut and then used in the art of rug hooking. Wilma Bridges will be the presenter. Next, members will watch Darlene Subulski needle felt dyed roving into three-dimensional animals. Mary Kay Schreckengost will show members how to create wool appliques for purses, wall hangings and pillows from dyed wool fabric.

Members will learn which plants produce which colors. They will then have the opportunity to dye eggs. Members need to bring a half dozen hard-boiled eggs, a ladle and a couple of paper towels to experiment with the natural dyes.

Plans will also be made for trips to the National Garden Festival and Griffis Sculpture Park. Any questions should be directed to Nan Miller at (716) 945-3845.

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