This the lecture portion of the dyeing workshop that I hosted at the SweetGeorgia Studios for Knit City 2018 on October 1, 2018.
This is where we begin. By creating colour on yarn, fibre, or fabric, we create the materials that we work with in all our other crafts. If you are interested in learning acid dyeing, please start with Dyeing Intentional Colour and then go onto Dyeing Complex Colour. If you want to learn how to dye cotton and cellulose fibres, please start with Fundamentals of Fibre Reactive Dyes and then take a look at Shibori Dyeing for more techniques. And if you want to learn natural dyeing, begin with Natural Dyeing Basics.
DYEING LEARNING PATH
Our courses are designed for dyers of all levels. We have created courses to cover dyeing with wool and silk (acid dyeing), cotton and cellulose fibres (fibre reactive dyeing), and also courses that explore dyeing with natural plant-based dyes and indigo. We've organized the courses in a curated path so you can get from where you are to where you want to be.
Want to learn to dye wool and silk yarn and fibre? Start with acid dyes which are designed for protein fibres and learn how dyes are mixed, blended, and diluted to create the hues and depths of shade that you want in your yarn. After completing this achievement, you'll be able to create your own solid shade, tonal, handpainted, low-water immersion, and even self-striping yarns.
Discover ways of dyeing with cotton yarns and fabrics using the very versatile and vibrant fibre reactive dyes. In these courses, you'll learn how the fibre reactive dye process works and how it differs from acid dyes. You'll also learn ways of layering dyes on cloth together with resist dyeing techniques to produce modern, multi-dimensional colour.
The range of colours that can be produced with natural dyes has a cohesiveness and harmony that roots us to our environment. Join us as we dive into learning natural dyeing with plants, roots, leaves, and extracts. We discover immersion dyeing and handpainting with natural dyes as well as indigo dyeing.