Colour Mixing for Dyers

by - Thursday, May 28, 2009

2009 Maiwa Textile Symposium

Instructor Carol Soderlund

Colour Mixing for Dyers is the most thorough and advanced workshop available on fibre-reactive dyes – a full five-days. Students work toward a high skill level that allows them to create the perfect hue each and every time.

Explore the unlimited number of hues possible by mixing only pure reds, yellows, and blues of Procion MX fibre-reactive dye. Teams of students will use different sets of primaries that, when mixed, will yield hundreds of colours in a wide range of values. Sharing the results, each student will build a sample book of more than 1,000 dye swatches and their recipes on 100% cotton fabric. This book will become an invaluable reference for future dyeing. Using the sample book as a guide, each student will apply the basic techniques of dyeing, including dyeing value gradations, over-dyeing, and low-water immersion, to do further exploration as time allows. With this hands-on approach, students will come to understand colour theory in a three-dimensional model that goes beyond the colour wheel.

This course is a wonderful foundation for wearable artists, quilters, needleworkers, weavers, and dyers of cellulose fibres and silk, or for anyone who wants to learn more about the interactions of colour. Carol joins us from the United States.


“My work is primarily driven by a passion for colour interactions, the illusions they create, the luminosity they can bring to a surface. I love creating my own palette of fabric through painting, dyeing, and other surface design processes including discharge, shibori, stamping, screening, and foiling. My goal in design is to have a piece that intrigues the viewer at first glance and then continues to reveal surprises upon every inspection.”

Carol Soderlund’s works have been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1985 in such venues as Visions and AQS shows and have received numerous awards, including Best of Show at the 1989 International Quilt Festival and Best Use of Color at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Exhibition 2000. She has taught colour, fabric dyeing, colour-mixing techniques, and quilting throughout North America and is currently working on a book on these subjects.

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