Reactive Dyes Short Course!
If you want a 4 part mini course where you learn simple ways to use fiber reactive PROCION dyes (as opposed to WashFast aka acid dyes), this is the class for you. Not only will we be using fiber reactive dyes but you’ll walk away with wearable art by the end of class. So what’s the difference between using reactive PROCION dyes as opposed to acid dyes? Well, acid dyes work only on protein fibers such as wool, silk, nylon, and all other animal protein fibers while reactive dyes are used for cellulose fibers and silk (reactive dyes can also dye wool but with drawbacks). Reactive dyes are the dye of choice when you want complete washfastness and lightfastness (due to the type of bond created). Also, because reactive dyes can strike over time (without heat), you can get some incredible results which are difficult to achieve using fast striking acid dyes. While reactive dyes will not dye polyester, you can bet that adding reactive dyes to your fiber arts repertoire will help give you endless creative possibilities.
As with all Redding Method classes, they are taught live where you can ask questions in real time during chat. The classes are recorded during the live portion so students can re-watch the classes for up to one week after the final class has concluded. At the end of the viewing period, the classes will be deleted. Cost of course includes: 1 large cotton tote, 1 large habotai silk scarf 35″X35″, and cotton scrim fabric for felting onto. You will receive an “optional” list of items such as dye colors as well as links to find beads and buttons etc… to accessorize your items before the start of class. As with all classes, please understand our classes are non-refundable. Class tuition is 255.00 and includes the items listed above. There is a 6.00 shipping fee within the US.
Class 1: The first class will include lecture on how and why reactive dyes work. Further, we’ll wash and bind the cotton bag as well as the silk scarf. This will be the shortest class because of the lecture component.
Class 2: We’ll apply dyes in 2 different ways to achieve 2 different types of results. There will also be a short lecture component discussing the application of dyes with the “do’s and don’ts” as well as a small amount of color theory. Most of the class will be dedicated to the practical aspects of dyeing the cotton bag and the silk blank included in your materials kit.
Class 3: The first part of the class will be unbinding and washing the materials dyed in Class 2. The second part of the class is dedicated to nuno felting cotton scrim to form a lightweight and chic scarf which will be dyed with reactive dyes after felting.
Class 4: Class 4 is a Google Hangout where we’ll discuss ways to embellish both the cotton duck bag as well as the cotton scrim scarf. This class is led by both Natalie Redding and Jan Massie.