Love beautiful hand-dyed fabrics? Dye some of your own with this easy-to-understand method by Cindy Lohbeck. Nine yards of fat quarters get mixed with three colors of dye to produce a full-spectrum palette. That equals twelve colors in a light, medium, and dark value—36 fat quarters of wonderful color values—all created by you! Each part of the process is easy to understand and Cindy shares many tips along the way to take the mystery and mess out of the process. Learn how to achieve even mottling and perfect texture from edge to edge of the fabric. The end result of this class is discovering the great depth and dimension of hand-dyed fabrics in your quilting and sewing projects—and the fun and ease of dyeing those fabrics yourself. Also, check out the supply list and purchase a kit so you will have the supplies and fabric you need at your fingertips!
- 9 yd. prepared for dye (PFD) white cotton. Mercerized cotton will dye more vividly than non-mercerized. Cut fabric into 36 fat quarters.
- Yellow fiber reactive (Color A), 3 tablespoons
- Red fiber reactive (Color B), 3 tablespoons
- Blue fiber reactive (Color C), 3 tablespoons
- Full Spectrum Dyeing Kit - Gardens
- Full Spectrum Dyeing Kit - Playgrounds
- Full Spectrum Dyeing Kit – Mountains
- Urea, 9 tablespoons
- Soda ash fixer, 2 cups
- Textile detergent (Example: Synthropol or Retayne), 2 oz.
- Dust mask
- Disposable gloves
- Washer and dryer or clothesline
- Drop cloth
- Paper towels
- Plastic spoons
- (12) 6 cup capacity dye tubs
- (3) Mixing jars, 20 oz. or larger
- (1) 3½ gallon bucket
- (1) Plastic tub
- (1) Disposable gallon jug or large bucket
- 12 identification labels, use stickers or print out labels
- 3 dye recipe labels, use stickers or print out labels
- Measuring spoon set
- (1) 8 oz. measuring cup
- Color booster/fixative, 2 oz.
- Page protectors
- Permanent fabric marker
- Electric Quilt® 8 quilt design software (EQ8)
- Ironing Surface
What will I have at the end of the class?Three things: 1) a new skill, 2) 36 of the loveliest hand-dyed fabrics to use in all sorts of projects, and 3) the curiosity to wonder what would happen if you used three other dye colors to make another batch.
Is this something I can do with children?Yes! Cindy is quick to point out that these are chemicals and gives safety helps along the way, but children can participate and learn how to successfully make their own hand-dyed fabrics, and learn about mixing color in the process. They have all been told that red and yellow make orange, but when they actually make it happen it is so exciting for them!
Does this process take up a lot of room and make a terrible mess?Cindy has this process down like a well-oiled machine. She demonstrates on a tabletop and suggests having a sink handy. She has all sorts of tips and tricks for keeping things orderly.
What if I have questions?We recommend that you watch the class in its entirety and become familiar with the downloadable materials. At that point, if something is unclear, go to the tab that allows you to ask a question and Cindy will get back with you via email. Please do not contact iquilt instructors by telephone.
When can I start the class?We know you are excited to get started. After you have purchased the class, you can enjoy it anywhere and anytime you have the Internet. The class belongs to you, so watch it as many times as you like!