One of them is called Creative Dyeing Downunder with Jacinta Leishman. It is conducted via a closed Facebook group which is working well and is easy for people to upload photos. Jacinta is well- known for doing the dyed silk, wool and threads that are available at the online shop called The Thread Studio.
I wasn't really going to start dyeing threads but the course was pretty cheap and it's so rare to have a class with Jacinta.
The course uses Procion dyes for cotton and Acid dyes for silk and wool. I have plenty of Procion dyes but no acid dyes so I went online and ordered some Landscape acid dyes from Kraftcolour. They have everything you need for any surface design and it came quickly too.
|Landscape Acid Dyes|
Here is some silk thread wet and ready to be painted with the silk dyes.
In my other online course, I have been taking photos of all the autumn leaves and trees that are around at the moment so I decided to stick with the theme and paint the threads with autumn colours.
I also got out some cheese waste wool that I must have bought when I did a felting course a couple of years ago and painted some of that as well.
|Painting silk thread|
The dyes have to be wrapped in plastic and steamed to fix them, so I got out some small freezer bags to hold the fabrics.
|Silk fabric preparation|
|Silk in plastic bags|
Everything has to be in plastic because the acid dyes need to be steam set. I didn't want to use any of my saucepans so I went off the Kmart and bought a cheap electric steamer that I'll just use for dyeing.
I let it cool and then rinsed it all in a colander that I also bought to use. It was amazing that no colour came running out. So different to all the rinsing that has to be done with Procion dyes.
I love acid dyes!
Here is the silk thread and wool dried.
|Silk and wool dyed|
Here are the silk fabrics that I dyed.
|Silk dyed with acid dyes|
I still haven't dyed the cotton threads with the Procion dye, I might get to that next week. I have my other courses to work on as well.
Bye for now,