Sunday, March 16, 2014

Dye Classes and Color Harmonies Class, June 2014

A lot of folks have been interested in dye classes lately, and I'm happy to announce that I have two on the calendar for this summer - plus, a color harmonies class as well!

On June 6-7, 2014 I'll be offering a cellulose dyeing class at the Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival in Franklin, Indiana.   In this class we'll be dyeing plant fibers [cotton, rayon, linen, tencel, bamboo] using cold water dyes.

The following weekend, June 14, 2014, I'll be teaching dyeing at White Violet Center at St. Mary of the Woods [just west of Terre Haute, Indiana].   In this class we'll be dyeing animal/protein fibers [wool, alpaca, llama, silk, soy silk, etc.] with acid dyes.  As a prelude to this class, I'll be teaching a Color Harmonies class in the morning with the dye class in the afternoon.   

Here are the full descriptions of the classes and links where you can register.  

1.  DYE CLASS: Fibers to Dye For, Cellulose Fibers [Plant Fibers]
2 part class: June 6, Friday 1-4 and June 7, Saturday 9-12
Hoosier Hills Fiberarts Festival
June 6-7, 2014

Johnson County Fairgrounds. Franklin, Indiana.
Yarn, roving, spindles, etc. []
Register at link above.

Learn how to dye plant fibers in rainbow skeins in your very own colors!  No previous experience needed!  This workshop will give step by step instructions on how to hand paint your own beautiful skeins of cotton, rayon, tencel, linen and other plant fibers using fiber reactive dyes.  Students may dye up to one full pound of yarn or fiber.  This is a two part class beginning the afternoon of Day 1 (with an overnight break so the skeins can batch) and finishing during the morning of Day 2.   Day 1:  Go over types of cellulose fibers and types of dyes, and safety procedures.  Mix the soda solution and dyes and paint skeins.  Skeins will batch overnight.   Day 2:  Rinse your skeins and go over how different types of fibers behave, common problems, resources and even a bit of color theory if time permits.  Students are welcome to bring up to one pound of yarn or fiber or a pre-wound warp to class.  Make sure it's cellulose/plant fiber.  

[Note:  This class is not for animal fibers.  These dyes do not work on wool, alpaca, angora, nylon, soy silk or animal fibers.] 

Register at

Email me if you have questions:   robin at morenna dot com 

2.  CLASS:  Color Harmonies
3.  CLASS:  Dyeing on Protein Fibers with Acid Dyes
June 14, 2014
White Violet Center, St. Mary of the Woods College. Terre Haute, Indiana.
Register for classes at

Morning:   Color Harmonies: Color is one of the most magic aspects of art.  This class will help you take the mystery out of deciding which colors go together and how.   Topics will include basic color theory, using color tools, wheels and books, classic color combinations, etc.   Expect to laugh a lot as you practice putting colors together and using your new skills.  

Bring with you:  Photos or things with color combinations that you really like, photos or things with color combinations that you really don’t like.   Feel free to bring whatever color tools, books, swatches, yarn, etc you already have that you’d like to practice working with.

Afternoon:  Dyeing on Protein Fibers with Acid Dyes:
Explore the use of acid dyes to turn your 
stash of ‘boring’ protein yarns and fibers into designer yarns and fibers that you won’t be able to wait to knit, weave or spin up.  You will learn how to put several colors onto a skein to make variegated yarns as well as learn to do immersion [single color] dyeing.  We will dye with acid dyes [very safe and mild!] on wool, mohair, alpaca, soy silk, nylon or silk  fibers.   Students may bring white or natural yarns or bring colored yarns to overdye.   Overdying is a wonderful way to put pizzazz in a project.

[Note:  This class is not for plant fibers.  These dyes do not work on cotton, tencel, bamboo, rayon, linen or other plant fibers.] 

You may register for one or both classes at
Email me if you have questions:   robin at morenna dot com  

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