The New Color Mixing for Dyers

Carol Soderlund | May 18-22, 2015

NEW as of 2013! Students will be creating new color families not previously dyed in Carol’s classes. If you have been wanting a new set of samples, but would do the work cooperatively with classmates, this is your opportunity!

Dye the color you choose, not the color that chooses you! Explore the unlimited number of hues possible by mixing only pure reds, yellows, and blues of Procion MX fiber reactive dye. Teams of students will use different sets of primaries that when mixed will yield hundreds of colors in a wide range of values. Sharing the results, each student will build a sample book of more than 1,000 dye swatches and their recipes on 100% cotton fabric. This book will become an invaluable reference for future dyeing. Using the sample book as a guide, each student will apply the basic techniques of dyeing, including dyeing value gradations, over-dyeing, and low water immersion techniques. The expanded format will allow much more time for individual projects, and getting color onto cloth.

Along with this hands-on approach, students will come to understand color theory in three-dimensional model that goes beyond the color wheel. We will examine the difference between color theory and color reality, and break through the confusions of so many color systems that are not dye-based. This course will be a wonderful foundation for wearable artists, quilters, needleworkers, weavers, and dyers of cellulose fibers and silk, or for anyone who wants to learn more about the interactions of color.

SUPPLY LIST (Please label your own supplies)

• 5 yards fabric for further dye explorations
PFD (prepared for dyeing) fabric recommended. In addition to cotton, you may bring some silk, rayon, linen or tencel. Email Carol if you would like a more detailed explanation of pfd fabrics and where to purchase them.
• Note to weavers: It is fine if you would like to bring some skeined yarns for dyeing: cotton, linen, rayon, tencel, or silk
• Optional: samples of your dyed fabric and/or photos of your work

• notebook for notetaking and a pen
• 2 three-ring binders: one 1 1/2” thick and one 1/2” thick
• 100 CLEAR top-loading page protectors (buy in bulk at office supply store) - do not buy those that have holes through the main section of the page protector. You want the ones with holes through the a band on the margin.
• Scotch Double Sided Tape 1/2” wide - enough to total 100 yards of tape. Get permanent tape in the yellow plaid box - not the re-positionable tape
• masking tape
• 30 long (#10) envelopes
• stapler plus extra staples
• 20 rubber bands
• black Sharpie (permanent marker)
• calculator

• small pair scissors for paper and one for fabric
• rotary cutter - Bring a fresh straight blade as you will cut through numerous layers at once. The large (60 mm) cutters work the best for this. The 45 mm cutters can work but you must have arm strength.
• rotary cutting mat - 11” x 17” or larger
• Quilter’s plexiglas ruler - 6” x 12” is suggested size. Must be at least 12” long
• Optional: June Tailor Shape Cut ruler - the large size
This is particularly good for weavers and those inexperienced in rotary cutting. Sign up for JoAnn’s newsletters and they will send you 40% off coupons. The Shape Cut Ruler will NOT work for this class UNLESS you have the 60 mm cutter, because of the number of layers we cut.

• Iron and ironing pad, or old terry towel - if you are driving
• adhesive lint roller from the dollar store
• rubber gloves - both the loose dishwashing kind that extend up the arm, and the close-fitting latex or nitrile kind
• one roll paper towels, and one old towel for wiping spills - if you are driving
• two 5 gallon buckets - if you are driving
• one large strong plastic spoon - at least 12” long - straight, not bent is better
• one box of one gallon ziploc bags
• two kitchen trash bags to carry wet fabric
• dye mask, if you have one
• apron or old clothes

PLASTIC CONTAINERS: If you are flying, these items can be obtained at the grocery store after arriving. Check with me first, because if I am driving, I will try to bring extras.
• 15 plastic party cups and 10 plastic picnic spoons - 8 oz. or larger
• one plastic orange juice bottle - 1.79 L Simply Orange brand (or limeade, etc)
• one gallon milk jug - rinse all jugs, and be sure to keep the caps!

Optional: samples of your dyed fabric and/or photos of your work

The materials fee covers all the dyes and necessary chemicals, more than 100 pages of handouts and swatchbook pages, and all the fabric necessary for the sample book - approximately 7 yards per person.
Carol will bring a variety of other equipment to use in class.

If you have any questions about the materials list or the course in general, please > email Carol

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