Portland, OR 2022 Art and Soul Workshops

Workshop Details

Helene Knott
6:30 - 9:30
Sun Eve March 20

Ice Dyed Vintage Lace & Thread

$ 95  


Interest in hand stitching and fiber art is rocketing. There are a number of options for purchasing hand dyed materials for your fiber art but it is fun and easy to dye your own. If you enjoy doing hand stitching (or know someone else who does) you owe it to yourself to try this.
Instructor will also have additional materials like new and vintage lace available for purchase.
Please be courteous to others by arriving for class with the correct supplies. Contact me at 503-631-8806 or helene.m.knott@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Materials fee $25 paid directly to instructor at beginning of class includes:
5 skeins of Pearl Cotton and/or 6 strand floss but you can bring additional skeins of white or cream colored thread in your choice of weights (3, 5, 8 0r 12). Commercial folded and 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. White or cream thread will take the dye colors more faithfully, but it can be a lot of fun to ‘over-dye’other colors of floss or thread colors as long as they are light colors. Other types of cotton thread – Sashiko thread and crochet or tatting thread can also be used. NOTE: if you bring additional thread you should also bring along some twist ties as they make the skeins easier to manage. 

 Sealable plastic bin : The dye needs to ‘cure’ for 24 hours or so in a plastic container that can be sealed for safe transport home (or your room) without sloshing or spilling the dye. This should be lined with kitchen sponges or 1” foam to keep the thread up out of the muddy pool of dye that will collect in the bottom of the container.
1” thick kitchen sponges or foam rubber: To keep the fabric out of the pool of melted dye that will collect in the bottom of your container; 1” thick kitchen sponges or foam rubber that will fit snuggly as a bottom layer in your container to keep your thread from marinating in this muddy residue. The sponges or foam may need to be trimmed and arranged to fit the container if necessary.  

Fiber reactive dye and soda ash presoaking solution : kit includes use of the instructor’s dyes and chemicals

Supplies You Need to Bring to Class in addition to materials provided by instructor:

Lace*: Cotton lace can also be dyed. This can be lace by the yard from a reel or vintage tatted or crocheted lace you find at a thrift store. Make sure it it cotton! Much of the new lace sold at fabric store is made from polyester which will not take the dye.
Cheesecloth/gauze*: If you are passionate about art quilting or fiber arts, cheesecloth can add wonderful textural effects to your work, cheesecloth is made from cotton and dyes beautifully.
Protective Gear: Gloves (latex or plastic) - 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.

NOTE* Instructor will have a limited selection of new and vintage lace and cheesecloth available for purchase in the class