Dirty Dye with Fiber Reactive Dyes

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Three rayon scarves dyed with different colors. One orange, one yellow and one purple

Get down and dirty with this immersion dyeing class, a bit looser in approach than creating reproduceable colors.  Students will learn the basics of how to safely color fabric using a dye bath and fiber reactive dyes, specifically procion mx dyes. It is a good introduction to dye safety and the process of immersion dyeing with no mathematical equations to create a reproduceable color. Color is free and loose and open to interpretation.   Regardless of your project, this class is a foundational class and a good introduction to the world of dyeing.

Supply list as follows.

  • Apron
  • Mask
  • Gloves
  • Notebook
  • procion mx dyes, purchased on line from Dharma Trading Co., Pro Chemical and Dye, Dick Blick  or from you local art store.
  • Fabric, either cellulose (cottons, rayons, bamboos etc) or silks
  • Sharpie Marker
  • label stickers (optional)
  • Pinking shears (optional)
  • Equipment necessary for this class is reviewed in the first lesson.