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Print Your Own Fabric with Fiber Reactive Dye

July 9, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


A 2-Day In-Studio Workshop!

Saturday and Sunday, July 9–10, 11am-2pm

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About this Workshop:

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


Registration includes a $35 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class, including dye, brushes, print paste, soda ash, squeeze bottles, tape, containers, and gloves. Students will need to supply additional materials of their own, including:

  • An apron
  • Scissors and Xacto knife to produce stamps/stencils.  
  • Cardstock or stencil film to create your own stencils. You can also bring an assortment of purchased stencils, carved rubber stamps,  random kitchen tools, carved wooden blocks or silkscreens ready to use for printing and texture if you have them.
  • Any additional items you’d like use in creating texture and imagery, such as string, bubble wrap, netting, corrugated cardboard, vegetables (to carve stamps or make textures), leaves and other natural objects
  • Fabric — four fat quarters of kona or other white cotton for testing designs and colors. Larger cuts (up to 1 yard) of other cotton, linen, bamboo, rayon or silk for a project.  All fabric should be washed in hot water and ironed unless you purchased PFD (prepared for dyeing) fabric.
  • Sheet plastic or trash bags to take your fabric home and cure it.


Bonnie Magness-Gardiner is a quilter and sewist who, frustrated with the fabric selection dictated by the fashion industry, is also a self-taught dyer.  You can see her work on Instagram @magnessgardiner and in the Pyramid Shop.

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