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Lynn Koolish: All About Fabric Dyeing and Color Mixing (Full Day WS, Thurs, 1/14/21, 12-6pm EST)

Lynn Koolish: All About Fabric Dyeing and Color Mixing (Full Day WS, Thurs, 1/14/21, 12-6pm EST)
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All About Fabric Dyeing and Color Mixing
Full-Day Workshop

12pm-6pm EST, Thursday, January 14

Click here for a Printable Description and Kit Requirements for this workshop: https://www.quiltfest.com/assets/CREATE-DIY-Docs/L.-Koolish/All-About-Fabric-Dyeing-and-Color-Mixing.pdf 

Play with color and learn about color mixing, blending, and how colors relate and influence each other. You’ll come away with a better understanding of color and a stack of your own hand-dyed fabrics you can use for any of your quiltmaking projects. Beginner friendly / No experience needed. If you have dyed fabric before, this class will expand your knowledge of working with Procion dyes.
All Levels

Students to Provide

Fast, Fun & Easy Fabric Dyeing (ebook or hard copy) by Lynn Koolish is helpful for dyeing basics. Available at Link for Fast, Fun & Easy Fabric Dyeing book . The hard copy of this book is print-on-demand, so allow additional time for your order.

The supply list looks long, but it’s because I’ve made it very detailed so it’s easy for you to get everything you need. Be sure to check out a dollar store for any household type items that you don’t already have. Also, please be sure to read through the whole list so you have everything you need. Feel free to email me if you have questions: lynn@lynnkoolish.com


  • Wear old clothes and/or an apron.
  • You can do this class at home anywhere where you can work on a card table sized work space (or larger if you have it). If there are carpets on the floor, you’ll want to put down some plastic. I don’t advise working in a kitchen because I prefer to keep dye things and food things separate, but in a pinch, a kitchen will do. If the weather is warm enough and not too windy, you can work outside. You’ll be working with fat-quarter sized pieces of fabric and small plastic containers unless you choose to work larger.


Dyes: you will be providing your own dyes for this class—don’t worry, they are easy to get (and you’ll know where to get more when you need it).

If you are going to order online (which I recommend), I suggest ordering from Dharma Trading (see list below, I’ve included the product numbers to make it super easy to order). If you live near an art supply store, you can look for Jacquard Products (see list below).

Dharma Trading— https://www.dharmatrading.com/

  • Dharma Fiber Reactive Procion Dyes (Also known as Procion MX Dyes):
    • PR1 Lemon Yellow—2 ounces
    • PR13 Fuchsia—2 ounces
    • PR15 Turquoise—2 ounces


    • Any one of the following blacks: PR200 Raven Black; PR44 Better Black; PR300 New Black.
    • Additional colors are not needed, but if there’s a particular color you love, go for it.

Soda Ash Fixer:

    • FX1 Soda Ash—1 pound

Dharma Professional Textile Detergent:

    • PTD16 Dharma Professional Textile Detergent—16 ounces

Dharma is also a great source of fabrics, and blanks to dye — scarves, socks (the bamboo socks are fabulous), t-shirts and such. Suggestions for fabric are combed cotton PFD, Mercerized cotton print cloth, Kona Cotton PFD; and pre-washed cotton sheeting.

Jacquard—Available at Art supply stores such as Dick Blick

  • Jacquard Procion MX Fiber Reactive Cold Water Dye:
    • 004 Lemon Yellow
    • 040 Fuchsia
    • 068 Turquoise


  • Either of the following blacks: 128 Warm Black or 150 Jet Black.
  • Additional colors are not needed, but if there’s a particular color you love, go for it.

Jacquard Soda Ash Dye Fixer

    • Soda Ash—1 pound

Jacquard Synthrapol Detergent

    • Synthropol—8 ounces


Different types of fabric will yield different results; good quality fabric works best.

  • Any 100% natural cellulose/plant-based fiber can be used. This includes cotton, rayon, bamboo, and linen; you can also use silk. Yardage and/or garments are fine.
  • You can also use previously dyed fabric or commercial prints (including white-on-white prints), especially light-colored uglies that you’d like to transform.

Important: Prewash all fabric (even PFD) in detergent or Synthropol / Dharma Textile Detergent & hot water—don’t use fabric softener or dryer sheets.

Have 3–4 yards of fabric, you can also use pre-hemmed scarves or garments.

!!Do not use polyester, any synthetics or blends, or fabric that is permanent-press!!

Other Supplies

NOTE: do not use any of the following for food after they have been used with dye.

  • Rubber gloves—dishwashing type, the longer the better
  • Latex gloves—in addition to rubber gloves) will also be helpful
  • Dust mask
  • At least 2 plastic containers with wide mouths and screw-on lids that don’t leak when shaken vigorously (test this before using with dyes)—options include condiment squeeze bottles and recycled food containers—just make sure the opening is large enough to fit a spoon into and that it doesn’t leak when shaken
  • 4 one-pint (6 – 8 oz) size plastic containers and 4 one-quart (32 oz) size plastic containers, such as recycled yogurt & cottage cheese containers
  • 1 gallon size Ziplock-type plastic bags (10 –12 of them)
  • 1 bucket, 2 1/2–5 gallon size, if you have one
  • Set of measuring spoons
  • 3–4 plastic spoons
  • Small paintbrush & plastic ice cube tray or palette with wells for liquids
  • Scissors
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic for covering workspace
  • Pen/pencil and paper for taking notes
  • Plastic pipettes or eyedroppers can be helpful, but not required

Class samples can be viewed at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lynnquilter/albums/72157624581360877