Fiber-reactive dye is safe, non-toxic, and easy to use. It leaves your fabric soft and supple with the pattern and colors of your choice. We will use Procion MX dye to stencil, stamp, paint or otherwise apply color to the fabric. The instructor will demonstrate how to mix a dye stock solution, prepare a print paste, and how to make simple stencils and stamps using everyday materials, found objects, and anything else that the imagination can supply. Each student will have six stock solutions (warm and cool red, blue, and yellow) for mixing with print paste. Students will learn how to activate the print paste with soda ash, experiment with color mixing, and start printing. At the end of the day, students will be shown how to “cure” the fabric overnight and finish with washing out the excess dye.
Level: Beginner – no previous experience necessary!
Registration closes July 1, 2022. Material fees are included with your registration, though a list of additional items needed to be gathered/purchased will be sent with your confirmation.
Sample images by Bonnie Magness-Gardiner