Create a 24 skein Color Wheel in Wool - Dye Workshop - January 28 9:00 AM -4:00 PMQuixotic Fibers
Saturday, January 28 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Note: This class will be indoors, in climate controlled comfort!
In this class you will learn the basics of dyeing wool yarn (and other protein based fibers) with acid reactive dyes. You will also learn how to combine the three primary colors of red, blue, and yellow to create the secondary and tertiary colors of the color wheel.
In the process, you will dye 24 separate 25 gram skeins of yarn that are yours to keep. This is the equivalent of six full skeins of yarn. (2,208 yards of sock weight, 1,464 of DK weight, or 1,104 of worsted weight)
Different versions of the primary colors can be used to achieve different kinds of color: bright, brighter (almost neon), subdued, etc. You can reproduce one of the samples that you will see in class, or you can experiment with your own combination.
This class will provide you with all of the information needed to dye wool yarn with professional acid dyes at home.
This class will cover:
- Preparing wool to be dyed with acid reactive dyes
- Types of dyes and how to achieve the colors you want.
- Preparing the dye bath, with tips on how to do this safely at home.
- Heat-setting the yarn, with tips on how to do this safely at home.
- Rinsing and drying
All supplies are included except for an apron. Dyeing can be messy and this class is completely hands-on, so wear old clothes and bring an apron to protect your clothes if you do not want dye stains on them.
We will supply disposable gloves, but you can bring your own rubber gloves if you prefer to use those.
We also supply a notebook and pencil. You may wish to bring a pen if you prefer that for taking notes. Expect to take lots of notes!
Lunch: We will take an hour break for lunch and will offer the option of having pizza at the store, or you can try one of Whitesboro's new food trucks, which are about one block away. You are also welcome to bring your own lunch.
The class price includes 24 x 25 gram mini-skeins of our Brooks yarn base, which is 100% organic (non-superwash) merino, sock weight yarn. There are 92 yards in a 25g skein.
You can substitute another yarn for an additional charge, but we need at least 4 weeks advance notice if it has to be special ordered (you can call/email to check for availability):
- Nolan worsted weight non-superwash organic merino (46 yards per 25g skein) + $10
- Quixotic Worsted worsted weight superwash merino (46 yards per 25 g skein) + $10
- Elijah DK weight non-superwash organic merino (61 yards per 25 g skein) + $10
- Quixotic Exotic sock weight merino/cashmere/silk blend (92 yards per 25g skein) + $25
- Quixotic MCN 10 - superwash merino/cashmere/nylon (92 yards per 25g skein) + $25
Level: No prior dyeing experience required.
Cost: $175 - all supplies included
Instructor: Carla Billingsley
Carla Billingsley rediscovered knitting shortly after her 40th birthday when she fell in love with handpainted and novelty yarns. At first she only made rectangles and triangles: scarves, throws, and shawls. Eventually she worked up the courage to try lace and socks. After learning to turn her first heel she realized that you can learn anything if you set your mind to it, and that learning is really easy if you can take a class with a good teacher. In 2014 she and her husband Curtis moved to Texas and in June 2015 they opened Quixotic Fibers. From the beginning, her vision for the shop was that it is not just a place to buy yarn and fiber, but that it should become a community resource dedicated to the preservation and development of the fiber arts, a place where knitters, crocheters, weavers, and spinners can gather to learn from and to inspire each other.
Registration and Cancellation Policies
If you prefer to register over the telephone, please call Quixotic Fibers at 903-564-3740.
If the minimum number of students have not signed up 3 days before the class, we will unfortunately have to cancel the class. We usually require a minimum number of students only for classes where the instructor has to travel some distance. If we have to cancel a class, you will be notified 3 days in advance and will be given a full refund.
Cancellation: There is a $2 cancellation fee. At least a 3-day notice is required for cancellation without additional charges. Cancellations with 24-72 hour notice are eligible for a 50% refund. Cancellations with less than 24 hour notice are not refundable.