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Beginning Dyeing - Plant Fibers with Fiber Reactive Dye

  • 22 Jan 2021
  • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Local Cloth via Zoom
  • 5


We'll cover everything you need to know about dyeing plant fibers - cotton, linen, tencel, rayon, hemp and silk - using fiber reactive dyes. These dyes are readily available and can be purchased online from ProChem, Jacquard or Dharma, or locally from EarthGuild in Asheville. Or you can pay the materials fee and the instructor will mail them to you. We'll begin by soaking your pre-washed fabric, garments or yarn in a soda ash mixture and mixing your dyes with hot water and urea. You'll learn ways to fold, tie or clamp your fabric and then squirt or pour dye onto your materials, or simply place them in a pot. Ideally you will leave everything to soak for 24 hours, but you can remove it in as little as 2. Finally, we'll cover how to rinse and wash your newly-dyed fabric.

Level: Beginning

Materials Fee: $15 (Sign up by 1/6/21 to have materials shipped)

Materials you'll need:  Soda Ash, 3 colors of dye, urea

Students should have: pre-washed fabric or yarn, a bucket for soaking, saran wrap, clamps, string, rubber bands, plastic bags, gloves, apron. 

Registration: Members $22, Non-members $27

Instructor: Judi Jetson


408 Depot Street
Asheville, NC 28801

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