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Dye Workshop for Knitters or Weavers

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Price: $45.00


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Dye Workshop for Knitters or Weavers

1 3-hr session $45 
2 3-hr sessions $85
3 3-hr sessions $125
4 3-hr sessions $165 

Choose from:
Fri, Sep 28   10a-1p
Fri, Sep 28   2p-5p
Sat, Sep 29   10a-1p
Sat, Sep 29   2p-5p

Weavers, this is your opportunity to paint a warp, dye some weft or just have fun dyeing yarn for future use. Three hours is enough time to hand-paint a warp (3 yards long and up to 12” wide) and dye some weft.

Knitters, you can choose from a variety of methods to achieve not so solid colors and several multi-color effects such as casserole dyeing and hand-paint dyeing. You’ll be able to dye 3 large skeins of yarn or more for one project or several smaller projects.

 Yarn or roving used in this class must be from our store and must be protein fibers such as wool, silk, mohair, alpaca, llama, angora, or a protein fiber mixed with up to 25% nylon (such as a sock yarn). Do not bring cotton, linen, rayon, tencel, acrylic, or any other plant-based fiber or synthetic. Acid dyes will not work on these types of fiber.

Weavers and Knitters, please bring with you:

  • A paint shirt, art apron, or wear old clothes
  • Three plastic grocery bags
  • A roll of paper towels
  • Tight fitting rubber gloves like surgical gloves
  • An old towel
  • 4-5 foam brushes or china brushes (1-2” wide) (china brushes are available at home improvement stores for about $1 a piece)
  • Note-taking tools
  • A small ball of any white yarn

We do have extras of most supplies, so don’t worry too much about buying a bunch of them.

Preparations (to be done before class day):


  • If you want to paint a warp, you may prepare a normal warp but make your ties loose and handle the bout gently. If you want to experiment with flipping sections of your warp, wind separate bouts of your warp (at least 5 bouts) each with a cross at both ends.  Also add some extra warp threads in each bout for replacement threads in the event of breakage during weaving. You can tie the bouts tightly if you want white spots in your cloth. When wound and tied, hold all bouts together as one, and chain from the bottom up to your bundle choke tie for transport. If you just want to paint the whole warp many colors in one piece, then one bundle will work.
  • If you just want to dye yarn that will surprise you in warp or weft, hanks will dye the easiest. Use a swift to put your yarn into a hank. Be sure there are several loose lease ties throughout the hank.
  • To dye weft – you’ll need hanks with lease ties.
  • You can dye roving for spinning.
  • You can over-dye yarns you’re not happy with to improve a color.


  • 3 large hanks of undyed yarn or pale colored dyed yarn for over dyeing. If you are using yarn that is in balls, you will need to wind them into hanks with lease ties before class. 
Class is held at:
Threadbender Yarn Shop
5570 Wilson Avenue SW
Suite B
Grandville, MI 49418