Using this technique we will overdye fabrics with 2 hues resulting in 15 pieces of coordinated fabric in tints, medium values and shades. These colours are impossible to find in quilting stores and are essential for artistic quilting. Because each piece contains the same dyes they will all blend perfectly. The palettes shown above were created for Spring but the moods are greatly varied with different colours.
I have simplified the directions (sparing you the usual math) and have created dye mixtures that are strong enough for these dyeing procedures. When you buy dye blends from art supply stores they are 1.08% pure dye and the balance is fillers such as sugar and salt. That is sufficient for dyeing yarn and for high water immersion techniques but not for dyeing fabric if you are looking for intense colours. The beauty of using these pre-made dye blends is that if you apply them to other dyeing techniques they will also match the pieces you generate in this course.
In this course we will be using low water immersion dyeing which protects the environment and results in more organic, beautiful cloth. I will also teach you the essential steps to take to protect your own health when you dye.
This course will explore the variables that you need to control to get vibrant colours, such as packing technique and degree of manipulation, strength of dyes, pH of dyebath, batching time and temperature and type of dye to use for each type of fabric. You will learn the role of auxiliary chemicals and where to buy them. I will teach you why fabrics bleed and how dyers normally control this. You will also learn the equivalent names for the same dyes from various suppliers.
The course will be taught using 100% cotton Japanese lawn fabric, which is the best product that I have found for appliqueing or other techniques where the fabric is handled extensively. It handles beautifully and is my prefered fabric for quilting. At the end of the course, if you are in love with this product you may purchase it at the special price of $8.00/metre which is $2.00 less than usual. This offer applies for the month of your course unless you are buying an entire bolt in which case it will be extended.
Come and make some new friends and have a lot of fun doing something really creative.