Adventures in Dyeing Fabrics at HomeONLINE/VIDEO CLASS

Fairbanks Fiber Festival Class

Instructor:  Karen Malone

Dates of the class: Initial instructional video will be available on Monday, November 2, 2020. Live Zoom meeting will be on Monday, November 9 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

Have you ever drooled over hand dyed quilting fabrics at the shop and thought, “how do they do that?” Interested in dyeing your own fabric at home for quilting, clothing, or home decorations? I will lead you step-by-step through the process. You don’t need any special skills to dye fabric at home.

Adventures in Dyeing Fabrics at HomeGood preparation is essential to a stress-free experience, so we will have a video dedicated to getting your materials and workspace set up (available on November 2nd). I will give you a week, and then I will talk you through the process via Zoom (Monday, November 9 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm). You will also see many of my samples.

All of the materials you need to get started can be found in Fairbanks. Here is a list of supplies you will need to collect
before dyeing:

  • 4 to 8 quart class jars with lids ( these can be canning jars, yogurt containers, or any plastic container that will hold up to ½ yard fabric) These items can not be used for food after they have been used in the dyeing process. If you would rather use baggies you will still need 3 jars for mixing dyes.
  • 8 to 12 fat quarters of 100% cotton fabric (white or off white). If you have a serger it is nice to finish the edge so when you wash the dyed fabric it does not get tangles.
  • 3 packs of Dylondye or Tulip. Both brands of powdered packages can be found at Joann Fabric or online. Dharma Trading Company and Pro Chem are good sources for supplies.
  • 3 paint sticks to stir dye
  • 3 small plastic cups for pouring dye on fabric
  • Rubber gloves to protect your hands against dye both when dyeing and rinsing fabric out
  • Plastic to cover work area, an old towel or cotton rug, and warm water

Adventures in Dyeing Fabrics at HomeKeep in mind the color wheel when purchasing your dyes. You don’t want to end up with the color MUD! Dharma Trading gives a short tutorial on color theory (click here), and there are many other sources online.

Karen has also created a pre-class video to help you gather the materials you will need. Click below to view the video:

Fabric Dyeing Pre-Class Supply Video

If you have any questions about materials needed, please feel free to email Karen at

Check out the Fairbanks Fiber Festival website.

Important: Please review the information on our Using Zoom for Online Classes and Meetings page to make sure you have the resources necessary to successfully and satisfactorily participate in such a class before you sign up.

Maximum number of students: 15

Minimum number of students: 5

Age Range: 18 and up

Prerequisites: none

Cost: $22.50

Contact: Karen Malone:

Pre-registration: This class is pre-registration only. Please register by November 6th. Registration will be closed after this time.


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