Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own hand-dye fabrics, fibers and threads?
Maybe you’ve even thought about turning it into a business.
It’s not impossible – I’ve done it myself. Let me show you how.
Learn how to hand-dye your own fabrics, fibers and threads for uncommon results
using Procion fiber reactive cold water dyes for natural fibers such as cotton, silk, rayon and hemp
I’ve been hand-dyeing my own fabrics, fibers and threads for almost 30 years. Along with printing my designs onto fabric using an inkjet printer, hand-dyeing is also one of the things I love most about being a textile artist.
What both these things have in common is the ability to create unique fabric colors and designs that no-one else can replicate. Using unique fabric is one of the things that will make your textile art more interesting. It will also help to define your own style and give your art a personal voice that no-one else can copy.
Over the years I have invested an inordinate amount of time experimenting with color mixing and dyeing techniques – in a mad scientist sort of way in my tiny dye studio (also known as the kitchen) – that I could use to create unique colorways and dye patterning, and also use to create unique collections of fabrics, fibers and threads – collections that would coordinate together without looking too “samey”. (I was surprised to learn that really is a word.)
Eventually I developed a process that I call “Assemblage Hand-Dyeing”.
So what is assemblage hand-dyeing?
An assemblage means a group of persons or things gathered or collected; an assembly; a collection.
It’s also the perfect word to describe the way that I love to hand-dye – a collection of different fabrics, fibers and threads that are hand-dyed using the same colorway, but with unexpected and uncommon results every time. All the resulting colors within the collection will be similar, but not quite the same, resulting in different tones and shades, and different patterning.
Assemblage hand-dyeing is the perfect way to create a unique fabric and fiber collection that can be used in all your textile art and sewing projects.
During class we will cover all the different types of dyeing that can be applied to Assemblage Dyeing including low water immersion, no water immersion (my own technique), microwave, shibori and tie-dye, overdyeing, ice, faux snow or real snow depending where you live, and much more…
Even “faux natural” assemblage hand-dyeing
I realize that you can’t really and truly replicate the colors of nature using Procion dyes as opposed to natural dyes, however that’s never stopped me from trying. Plus the convenience factor of using one type of dye to do everything can’t be beat. Procion dyes are all that I use for cotton, silk, rayon and hemp, in all the beautiful colors of the rainbow as well as mother nature.
I’ll be sharing some of my favorite dye recipes
Because I can’t take them with me when I’m gone. And I’ll also teach you how to make your own.
I’ll even be sharing my secrets for dyeing silk rods and cocoons to get brilliant and saturated color
Yes there’s a trick.
Create Your Own Hand-dyed Business
Let me show you how you can turn your passion for making unique fabrics and fibers
into a sustainable business
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been hand-dyeing my own fabrics and fibers for nearly 30 years mainly for my own personal use. But what you may not know is that I’ve also had a very successful business selling my hand-dyed fabrics and fibers for the last 5-6 years.
But do you remember me actually ever advertising my business?
If you’ve been a long-time customer of my business or reader of my blog, you may have remembered that I did advertise my hand-dyed fabric business during the first few years, but then I stopped – not because my business died, but because it had started to grow so much I didn’t need to advertise it any more.
I had more business than I could handle.
So I set up a wait list for customers so that I could notify them when I could fit them in.
Then the wait list got so long I stopped advertising that also.
And my business still grew.
I retired my hand-dyed fabric business at the end of 2016 because I wanted more time to travel and teach, but it was one of the best parts of my business and it was a difficult decision to close it.
However it now presents me with an opportunity to share with you what I know about creating a passion-based business.
Having a hand-dyed business is a wonderful thing.
Mainly because it’s sustainable and scaleable. It means you – as the owner and boss – get to decide how much you want to work, and when you want to work. You can craft a lifestyle business that works for you, instead of you slaving away for it.
My hand-dyed business started small and over the years it grew to the point where I had more work than I wanted. This is a great way to develop a business – start small and slow and then gather momentum. Along the way you can make decisions about what is working for you and what is not, and change things accordingly.
In this way, you get to craft your very own business in exactly the way that you want it to work for you.
Let me show you how I did it.
for Passion or Profit
This Online Class commences mid-July 2017
If you would like to be notified when registration opens sometime mid-June, please add your email address to the mailing list.
Final details of this online class will be available once registration opens.