Intuitive Rainbows: The Art of Dyeing on Protein Fibers
A virtual class with Esther Rodgers
Oct 8, 2:00-4:00pm; Oct 9, 2:00-4:00pm; Oct 15, 2:00-4:00pm; and Oct 16, 2:00-4:00pm CDT
If you want to learn to dye protein fiber in a creative way, this is the class for you! Learn simple color theory for creating pleasing colorways, the essential elements of dyeing for a successful strike, as well as how to apply dyes for different results.
Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 4 weeks following the event.
Have you ever looked at fiber and dreamed of all the colors it could be? Were you intimidated by the science behind dyeing? Uncertain how to dye without felting the fiber? Wondered about the tools required? Esther makes it clear, accessible, and fun!
Learn the essentials of dyeing protein fiber, using common heat sources — a crock pot, induction burner (or stove), electric roaster (or oven), OR microwave. Discover how to create a successful strike, and how color works on fiber.
What makes colors bright or pastel?
What’s the difference between overdye and glazing color?
How do you keep color from bleeding vs blending?
We will talk about color theory and color blending, and how to make proper choices for applying the dyes. Students will dye fiber using kettle dyeing, low-immersion dyeing, and steaming techniques.
We will start with fibers as our canvas; when you succeed, you will then be able to dye yarns, fabrics, and garments on your own with confidence (and no felting).
NOTE: To keep the dye tools away from the cooking tools, Esther recommends the electric tools (crock pot/electric roaster; often available used, at a thrift store) rather than using the stove/oven. If the stove/oven are the only heat element available, please use necessary caution when using dyes in your kitchen (putting away all food and food preparation items).
A $95 fiber kit is required and will be added at checkout.
The kit will include:
1lb Falkland; 1lb Rambouillet; 2oz mulberry silk; 2oz firestar (nylon); 4oz locks/fleece
Additional fiber kits will be available on my website with more fibers (locks/fleece kit and additional top kit)
Dye kit includes 6 primaries (Dharma Fire Engine Red, Sunflower Yellow, Peacock Blue, Magenta, Caribbean Blue, Brilliant Yellow) and two colors of Black dyes and 8 oz citric acid.
NOTE: Due to time and shipping constraints, kits are not available to people living outside the United States; however, international students may contact [email protected] for guidance on supplies.
• KN95 mask or respirator mask
• Crock pot
• Electric roaster or roasting pan and oven; OR Stainless steel pot and induction burner or stainless steel pot on stove OR Microwave
• Package of wooden skewers
• Package of cling wrap
• Set of measuring spoons
• Salad spinner to remove water
• Citric Acid
• Fiber kit containing dyes OR Primary Colors of dye along with other dye colors for student to play with; Esther recommends Dharma Fire engine red, sunflower yellow, peacock blue, magenta, Caribbean blue, brilliant yellow, true black
Class will be taught using proper safety protocols! Students must wear masks when working with powder dye, and tools used for dyeing are ONLY to be used for dyeing. Never mix food tools with dyeing tools!
No pre-class work required.