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The Kangaroo Dyer’s Thoughts on Color

In this two-day workshop, students will go back in time, to when we had no language of color, when we did not have words for what we saw. Together, we will start there, as a place to rethink color. Using watercolor paper and pencils, we will get to the root of color using the primaries as our base and then go on to using primary colors in dyes. Participants will leave the class with at least 36 little skeins of dyed yarns, with the recipes for repeating the dyeing process on their own. We will follow techniques outlined in the book Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece. Participants will also dye their own Color Grid© 

Skill Level: All
Instructor: Gail Callahan
Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, 11/19, 11/20, 2013
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Look in your recycling bin or at the local dollar store.

  • 3 quart size containers for miscellaneous use
  • 36 short squat cups (take-out containers are the perfect size) - they'll be used for mixing colors and placing fiber
  • Bucket or dishpan for soaking fiber
  • Roll of heavy duty plastic wrap
  • 1 box Ziplock® Zip and Steam® Bags, medium size. Take a look at this link - some grocery stores carry them, but they are available online
  • Measuring spoons, ideally with 1/8th measurement (we can share if you cannot find one)
  • Stirring tools: chop sticks, stick or plastic spoons
  • 2 Rolls paper towels
  • Quart of white vinegar
  • Scissors
  • Permanent marker
  • Blue painters' tape, or tyvex envelope for making tags and for marking/numbering skeins
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Color Grid®
  • Optional: Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece by Gail Callahan
  • Please bring along something to show and tell, and something to dye if time permits

Make 36 small bundles of any animal fiber (s) of your choice. They should fit into a 1 cup container and should be tied to stay neat. Your bundle can consist of roving; yarn or cloth, just makes certain it is animal (protein) fiber. Valley Yarns Northampton yarn is a good yarn for this exercise. 2 Skeins will be plenty.

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$175.00 each
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