Hand-Dyeing with Acid Dyes

From the fundamentals of acid dyeing to the creation of complex colourways

Learn to Hand-Dye Yarns & Fibres
Learn to Dye

Learn to Dye

Explore techniques for dyeing solid shade, splashy, handpainted, and gradient yarns

Discover our in-depth hand-dyeing courses "Dyeing Intentional Colour" and "Dyeing Complex Colour".

Learn all the fundamentals of solid-shade immersion dyeing and understand the math and calculations behind the dye formulas to get exactly the colour you're looking for.

Then take it one step further by discovering new ways to add complexity and richness to your hand-dyed colourways. Exploring a variety of dye application techniques and create your own glazed and layered hand-dyed yarns full of depth and interest.

Dyeing Intentional Colour

Dyeing Intentional Colour

Learn the essentials of precision immersion dyeing with acid dyes

Create your own unapologetic and unique hand-dyed yarns and colourways using acid dyes and protein-based fibres with confidence and intention. In this primer course, we will explore dyeing your own yarns and fibres using immersion dyeing techniques.

We focus on understanding and learning to control the dye process to produce colours intentionally. My goal is for you to discover your own creative process, balancing the science and art of dyeing and understanding the variables that affect dyed results so that you can play freely with colour.

Dyeing Complex Colour

Dyeing Complex Colour

Explored layered and multicoloured dyeing techniques with acid dyes

Building upon the skills and knowledge in our Dyeing Intentional Colour course, this course will explore developing a deeper understanding of colours and colour theory, focusing specifically on what happens when colours are mixed so you can learn to create or avoid muddy hues.

In this course, we create glazed, layered, and tonal hand-dyed colour effects through immersion dyeing, low-water immersion dyeing, handpainting, and more. Discover how to create handpainted yarns and spinning fibres for repeating and self-striping colour sequences.

Who these courses are for

Not sure if the School of SweetGeorgia is right for you?

Our courses are designed to be an intense and in-depth exploration of hand-dyeing techniques for dyers who are passionate about precision dyeing and hungry for the next step. If I taught these courses as a live event or a retreat, it would likely be a 5-day long workshop! By teaching through these videos, I’m excited about the opportunity to reach you where you are right now with your dyeing.

Why These Courses are Different

comprehensive and in-depth instruction

My dyeing style involves working with precision and intention as I create colourways, so you can join me as I lead you through the simple math calculations that are so helpful in preparing for an efficient and effective session in the dye studio.

What you'll need to get started

What You'll Need to Get Started

Setting up your own dye studio is easier than you think

Dyeing can be as simple as using a single pot and a heating element, but we’ve created a comprehensive list of tools and supplies that we use in this course and that might be helpful to build or augment your dye studio set up.

Your Instructor

About Felicia Lo Wong

When I started learning how to dye yarn, my appetite for new ideas and techniques was insatiable but there were not a lot of resources for me to go to.

After the past 14 years of exploring dye techniques, I’m happy to share the things I’ve learned with new and experienced dyers so that more creative spirits get inspired to enjoy the transformational power of beautiful hand-dyed colour.

In 2005, Felicia Lo founded SweetGeorgia Yarns, an artisanal hand-dyed yarn company. Starting out with just three skeins of yarn for sale on the newly minted Etsy.com, demand soon exploded within a matter of months. Over the past decade, SweetGeorgia Yarns has grown into a team of skilled craftspeople and artisans led by Felicia, who also teaches fibre arts fundamentals including dyeing, spinning, weaving, knitting, and color theory for crafters and artisans. Felicia is the author of "Dyeing to Spin & Knit" and teaches "Spinning Dyed Fibers" on Craftsy.com. Felicia currently lives and works in the Vancouver area with her young family.

Preview Lesson

Watch a sample lesson — "Safety in the Dye Studio"

The easiest way to know whether you'll enjoy our dyeing courses is to check out one of our lessons. Click below to watch a sample of the course content in "Dyeing Intentional Colour":

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you're thinking about joining the School of SweetGeorgia

What is the School of SweetGeorgia

The School of SweetGeorgia All-Access membership is a month-to-month or annual subscription that begins on the date you sign up. The All-Access membership allows members to access and watch all of our education content. More tutorials, workshops, and courses are added on a regular basis. Your membership can be paused or cancelled online at anytime.

What are the Membership options?

The School of SweetGeorgia offers our All-Access membership plan on a Monthly or Annual basis. If you sign up for a Monthly plan, you'll be billed once a month on the date that you originally signed up. For the Annual plan, you'll be billed once a year on the date you originally signed up. You can change or upgrade your plan anytime from your account page.

Do the courses have a start or end date?

Our entire course library is available as soon as you sign up. All our course and workshop content is completely self-paced – you decide when you start and when you finish. Work at your own pace, whenever and wherever you have time.

How long do I have access to the course?

Forever! As long as the School of SweetGeorgia is in operation and as long as you have an active membership subscription, our content will be available to you. After enrolling, you have unlimited access to our course library for as long as you like — across any and all devices you own.

What if I am unhappy with the School?

We would never want you to be unhappy! The best way to see if our School is a good fit for you is to first watch the videos that we have made available for preview (see above). This will give you a good idea of what our video lessons are like. If you are still unsatisfied with your purchase, please contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

What kind of supplies or equipment will I need to take the dyeing classes?

You’ll need some acid dyes (available from ProChemical & Dye or Dharma Trading Co.), undyed protein-based (like wool or silk) knitting yarns or spinning fibres, and some heating equipment (pots, pans, portable burner or something similar). We have the complete list of tools and supplies available for download to students.

I don’t care to be so precise with my dyeing. Is this for me?

Absolutely. Sometimes, I like to be more carefree with my dyeing sessions as well! The information that I share in this course is about giving you a foundation to understand how colour is created with acid dyes and how you can manipulate the variables to produce the effect you want. Once you know these fundamentals, you can be more intuitive and play with colour more freely without needing to calculate all your dye quantities. It’s all about strengthening your knowledge base so you can be a more confident dyer and colourist!

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