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.
Materials fee $25 paid directly to instructor at beginning of class includes:
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.
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.
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
For your convenience, you may pre-order your materials for classes! Your materials will be waiting for you at the retreat. And you can always purchase additional materials at the retreat.