Learn how to hand-dye your own fabrics, decorative fibers and threads
to achieve uncommon and unique results
using Procion MX fiber reactive cold water dyes
(for natural and cellulose fibers such as cotton, rayon, linen, hemp and silk)
What’s in Store
Assemblage Hand-Dyeing for Textile & Fabric Artists will take you on an exploration of the hand-dyeing techniques I have used over the last 30 years to create beautiful and unique hand-dyed fabrics, threads and decorative fibers. I use these fabrics and fibers in my own textile art, and I also sold them as part of my hand-dyeing business which I retired last year.
During the first several weeks you’ll begin by exploring the basics of color theory and color wheel dyeing. This information provides the groundwork that you’ll need for learning how to create all the colors under the sun using only three or four dyes. You’ll need a good understanding of color theory in order to create your own dye recipes which will be the difference between making ordinary hand-dyes and extraordinary hand-dyes.
You’ll also discover how to make shades, tints and tones, as well as gradations (dark to light shades), color runs (blending two or more colors), and also overdyeing which is handy for giving do-overs to “ugly duckling” fabric as well as creating entirely new color combinations.
Once the groundwork is done, during the following weeks you’ll dig deep into Assemblage Hand-Dyeing and explore all the different techniques for creating unique hand-dyed collections of fabric, thread and decorative fiber. Assemblage Hand-Dyeing is extremely flexible and can be combined with other hand-dyeing techniques such as low water immersion, parfait dyeing, microwave, shibori and tie-dye, tray dyeing, overdyeing, ice and faux snow or real snow depending where you live plus my own specialty techniques – no water immersion and fabric cocktail dyeing.
I have a great love of nature and am inspired by it every single day so I love to create nature-inspired colors. In this section of the workshop I’ll share easy techniques for creating nature-inspired colors as well as experimental processes for hand-dyeing fabrics, threads and fibers in the colors of nature.
I’ll be sharing my secrets for dyeing “sticks and stones” to get brilliant and saturated color
Yes there’s a trick and dyeing silk carrier rods and cocoons, and it’s easier than you think.
I’ll even be sharing some of my favorite dye recipes
And I’ll also teach you how much fun it is to develop your own.
Not Much Space for Dyeing?
I’ll show my portable dye studio and how I ran a business out of my small kitchen for years. Yes it can be done safely.
- Week One: Getting Started
Overview of supplies, color theory, color wheel dyeing
Learn how to create your own personalized color wheel
- Week Two: Dyeing Techniques for Fabric
Learn how to use your fabric dyeing color wheel as you begin to explore the relationship of colors and how they can be mixed and blended to create amazing colors for your fabric.
- Week Three: Dyeing Techniques for Thread and Other Fabric Embellishments
Thread, Ribbon, Lace, Decorative Fibers, Cord, Silk Cocoons & Carrier Rods
- Week Four: Assemblage Dyeing Techniques
Low Water Immersion, No Water Immersion
- Week Five: Assemblage Dyeing Techniques
Ice & Snow/Faux Snow Dyeing
- Week Six: Assemblage Dyeing Techniques
- Week Seven: Assemblage Dyeing Techniques
Shibori/Tie Dye Dyeing
- Week Eight: Assemblage Dyeing Techniques
- Week Nine: Assemblage Dyeing Techniques
- Week Ten: Nature Dyeing
How to mix colors of nature + experimental nature dyeing techniques
- Bonus Lesson – Acid Dyeing using Procion MX cold water dyes (for silk and wool)
Did you know that Procion MX cold water dyes can also be used as an acid dye?
Although traditional acid dyes are best suited for dyeing wool, both silk and wool can be dyed quite successfully using Procion MX cold water dyes using citric acid instead of soda ash. In this free bonus lesson I’ll show you how. (Microwave + steamer or stove-top steamer required)
How the class works
The lessons will be available in a private online classroom where you can access your lessons 24/7. This means that you can work at your own pace if you choose. After the workshop ends, you will still have online access to the lessons which will be available to you for the In the event that the website closes or the content needs to be removed, you will be given at least three month's notice so you have time to download all your files if necessary..
Workshop materials include
- Downloadable pdf documents with instructions and other relevant information
- Worksheets, calculators and charts to make the process easy
- Online videos demonstrating the techniques and processes
- 24/7 access to the online classroom so you can work at your own pace
- Teacher assistance, photo sharing and discussion in my private Facebook Group
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