Solid State: Choosing & Using Machines to Dye Solid Fabrics
Class time (PACIFIC time zone): 8:00 AM- 11:00 AM (with a 60-minute lunch break) Class resumes at 12:00 PM- 3:00 PM PACIFIC
Friday, January 12, 2024
The class will focus on aspects of selecting washing machines to dye in, and how to set up and use the machines. This class is not suited to brand new dyers, but is meant for someone who has dyed with Procion MX dyes before and would like to explore options for more evenly dyed results. Though I love the organic patterning of hand-dyed fabric, sometimes I prefer evenly-dyed color. BUT—the endless stirring of buckets for solid dyeing is NOT appealing! In this lecture/demo class, we will learn about the types of washing machines available, from small non-electric models, electric tabletop washing machines, and portable floor models typically sold to apartment dwellers, all the way up to top and front loading washers. We will learn the advantages and disadvantages of each type of machine for dyeing solids, what to consider before purchase, and how to choose the right machine for your goals as a dyer. The cost of machines varies of course, but models are available from about $70 on up. Then we will delve into the specifics of dyeing solids with machines— the optimal proportions of water, dye, salt, soda ash, and fabric. After lunch break I will demonstrate getting my tabletop washer started, running it, and finishing up. In addition I will share various set-ups my students have used and enjoyed. We will have a Zoom follow up about three weeks after class, when students will have had a chance to purchase machines and try them out.