As you might have seen from our previous projects, we’ve been loving our partnership with Craftsy. It’s given us the opportunity to try out new techniques. Our final installment of the series is the The Art of Cloth Dyeing class with JaneDunnewold. This class comes at a time when ink-dyeing techniques have made a full circle in their trend cycle. No doubt you’ve been spying all the shibori and tie-dying going on? Well, this class provides you with the basic dyeing techniques to do all of that! And today you have the opportunity to win a spot in the class (click here for more info).
In the class you’ll learn the entire process of ink-dyeing like the following:
- color-mixing and chemistry of fiber-reactive dyes
- learning how fabrics will react to dyes and absorb color
- the supplies you’ll need to do it all from home
- basic fabric manipulations like rubber banding, folding, pleating
- how to mix dyes
- the science of calculating how much time to allow for the dyes to react, otherwise known as batching.
- The secret to a fast and easy washout.
- Some more advanced dyeing techniques (they’re so rad!)
- What to do when you’ve overdyed your project
- What to do with your fabrics afterward
I had the talented Ashley Isenhour take the class and she said that the class was easy to follow and inspiring in creating your own projects with it. As Jane Dunnewold literally wrote the book on the subject with Complex Cloth and Art Cloth: A Guide to Surface Design onFabric, she trusted her advice and found it to be practical and easy to understand.
Ashley came up with a fancy application to the cloth-dyed fabric by making a black and white cloth-dyed clutch that you can take out and about on the town. It’s lined with a pink linen and I love how it turned out!
Click below for full tutorial!