Classes

dyesmithy classes and workshops

Dyesmithy Classes

Class Fees: DyeSmithy class fees include all materials and fabrics needed for the techniques listed, except for the Shibori class which requires needle, thread, and thimble. For all classes, students should bring an apron, heavy large kitchen gloves, and a sack lunch. You will go home with at least four yards of hand-dyed fabric valued at $72.

Cancellations: All student cancellations must be made one week before the scheduled class time in order to obtain a refund. Minimum enrollment is four students, or the class will be cancelled by DyeSmithy. In case of inclement weather, we will reschedule. You will be notified by DyeSmithy. And remember – be ready to have fun on your “Day to Dye For.”

Special Arrangements: Reserve the DyeSmithy for your private group’s “Day to Dye For.” All facilities and materials available for your group to play all day. Janet will be available to lend advice or demonstrate a technique. Classes can also be offered at your location. Just contact the DyeSmithy to make arrangements.

Beginners in Shibori

pole wraps

pole wraps

This is a class that combines the basics and Shibori, my favorite techniques. We will review the basics of the process of procion MX dyeing. Then the fun begins as we explore various ways of folding, binding and clamping fabric to create pattern. We will also do some Arashi Shibori pole wrapping both in the morning and the afternoon sessions, if time allows. We can also do a parfait – layers of fabric in a container with a different color poured over each layer. Four yards of prepared-for-dyeing fabric will be provided along with all of the dyes, chemicals and tools needed for the techniques. You need only bring an apron, large kitchen gloves and a lunch.

At the DyeSmithy
$115.00/ person, all day, 9am to 4pm
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The basics and Tie Dyes

This is the classic presentation that includes all of the basics as well as some fun methods for folding, clamping, banding and using shapes to create wonderful patterns and textures on cotton fabric. This class includes an overview of the chemistry of procion dyeing, and then it moves on to specific techniques such as vat dyeing, gradations, low water immersion dyeing in baggies, jars and small containers.  Single and multiple-color fabrics will be created. All the tools will be provided and you’ll go home with several yards of your own uniquely created cotton fabrics. Several types of cotton, all prepared for dyeing, will be provided so you may compare how they take the dye.

At the DyeSmithy
115.00/person, all day, 9am to 4pm
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Shibori Binding and Stitching

We will begin with a brief overview of the chemistry of dyeing and then quickly move on to explore the ancient Japanese art of folding, binding and stitching fabric to create designs on dyed fabric. Several types of faric, all prepared for dyeing, will be provided to each student. Some of these techniques require a bit of time to prepare the fabric, so we will get busy binding and stitching in order to complete pieces in our day together. Students should bring a sewing needle, thread and thimble along with kitchen gloves and an apron.

At the DyeSmithy
$95/person, all day, 9am to 4pm
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Dye Painting and Resists

Prior experience with procion dyeing is recommended, but not required, for this class. We will go to a step beyond dyeing to painting dyes on fabric, both with and without thickening the dye. Also, we will experiment with potato and corn dextrines for making batiks without the wax. These methods can take some time to complete, so be prepared to get busy and make some very special fabric! Several types of cotton will be provided to each student. All dyes, chemicals and resists will be provided as part of the tuition.

At the DyeSmithy
$125/person, all day, 9am to 4pm
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Your Own “Day to Dye For”

You and your friends can come to the DyeSmithy and use the facilities for your own customized Day to Dye For. All day, 9am to 4pm, the tables, toys, dyes, sinks and chemicals will be available to your group to test and try the techniques you choose. Four yards of fabric are included in the tuition also. Janet will be available to help out and provide guidance as you request. Or, she will teach the techniques that you select for a class tailored to your needs. Just phone the DyeSmithy to reserve a day with your name on it!

At the DyeSmithy
$115/person, all day, 9am to 4pm
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