In this era of renewed interest in hand stitching there are a number of options for purchasing hand dyed embroidery threads. It is very easy to dye your own variegated thread however, giving you the choice and control of color combinations and the degree of variegation plus it is downright fun to do. If you enjoy doing hand stitching (or know someone else who does) you owe it to yourself to try this.
Materials fee $25 paid directly to instructor at beginning of class includes:
5 skeins of Pearl Cotton and 6-strand embroidery floss, a plastic bin with snap on lid, a foam sponge liner, and use of the instructor’s dyes and chemicals.
Supplies You Need to Bring to Class in addition to materials provided by instructor:
• Additional Threads: The kit includes 5 skeins of threads but you can bring additional skeins of white/cream colored thread in your choice of weights (3, 5, 8 0r 12) if you wish. The folded an coiled ‘skeins’ are easier to work with as the looser surface area takes the dye better but you can also buy ‘balls’ of thread and wind off your own batches. Though white or cream thread will take the dye colors more faithfully, it can be a lot of fun to ‘over-dye’ commercially dyed threads; just be sure to stick with light colors as the darker ones will not show the added dye colors. Other types of cotton thread – 6-strand floss, Sashiko thread and crochet or tatting thread can also be used but the skeins of pearl cotton are easier to deal with. NOTE: if you bring additional thread you should also bring along some twist ties as they make the skeins easier to manage. Make sure the extra thread is cotton or Rayon, protein fibers such as wool or silk require different chemicals and Procion dyes won’t work on synthetics. For the best results, you don’t want to crowd the bin so limit the number of extra thread you bring to no more than about 10 regular skeins.
• Protective Gear: Gloves (latex or nitrile) - choose well fitting gloves as it’s hard to work in gloves that are too big and have fingers that stick out well past your own; AND a particle mask rated at N95. The process we will play with is Ice dying and you will be working with fiber reactive dye powders and the mask is very important as this dye powder is toxic if inhaled so buy the type with the metal nose piece that can be squeezed to fit your face snugly. You won’t be exposed to the dye powders for long but in using any chemical product – SAFETY FIRST!
• Old clothes and shoes: Wear old shoes and clothing, something you don’t mind turning into a piece of modern art should you get dye on it. I will have drop cloths to protect the work surfaces and floor but that won’t protect your clothing.
Other Incidental Supplies:
• Lighting: additional lighting may be helpful; a portable Ott light would be appropriate.
• Extension cords and plug strips (if bringing additional lighting)
• A Pillow: Many venues have less than comfortable chairs, a pillow may help.
Please be courteous to others by arriving for class with the correct supplies. Contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions.
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