Dyeing Fabrics
creates amazing, unique, colorful, textured fabrics.

Hello! I’m Lyn Kenny, your tutor for all things about dyeing fabric! Our first online workshop – Pyramid Dyeing – will start in January 2022.

Future planned Workshops include
  • Dyeing Gradations
  • Dyeing Hue Gradations
  • Dyeing Tints, Shades and Tones
  • Dyeing Neutrals
  • Screen Printing with thickened Dyes
  • Making your own Gelli plate
  • Mono-printing with thickened Dyes
  • Printing with digital screens
  • Sun Printing
  • Painting backgrounds
  • Stamping on fabric
  • Coloring with Inktense Crayons and pencils

Why do I dye my own fabric?

Because I am obsessed with colour – particularly blues, teals, purples, burgundies…where do I stop? And I like the fabric to have some texture! And I like to mix and overlay colors to create new ones!

You can’t buy this fabric! So, you have to dye your own! Fabric2Dye4!

There are many ways of coloring your own fabric, using both dyes and fabric paint or inks.

When you dye fabric with Procion MX Dyes, the molecules of the dye form a permanent covalent bond with the fabric molecules. Procion dyes are non-toxic, easy to use and applied at room temperature. They are wash-fast and light-fast. They do not change the hand of the fabric – it remains as soft as it was originally. Fibre-reactive dyes work on 100% cellulose fibres – cotton, linen, hemp, viscose rayon, jute, ramie and silk. The dye is transparent, so can be used to over-dye commercial or previously dyed fabrics; the color will be affected by the previous layer of color.

Fabric paint (sometimes referred to as Ink) is usually an acrylic compound and sits on the surface of the fabric which affects the feel of the cloth. Depending on the technique used, the cloth will always be a little stiffer than the original fabric and can sometimes feel quite firm, even heavy. Textile paints will work on any fibre or combination of fibres.

There is a place for both dyes and paints in the coloring of cloth, particularly for art textiles. Combining dyes as a first layer and then using thickened dyes or paints for printing, stamping, screen printing, sun printing, mono-printing – all produce beautiful pieces of fabric.

Textile Arts

On these pieces, I have used Shiva Paint Sticks to create the background. Quilted and stitched.

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Tabula-Rosa

The Magic of Color

This quilt is completely hand dyed – 112 different colors, using Procion MX dyes.

Two yellows, 2 reds, turquoise and black.

I dyed each segment using a Pyramid dyeing process with 28 steps.

What will you do in my Courses?​

Have fun with Fabric

I love to start with a piece of white fabric... Dye it, print on it, screen print, mono-print, paint, stamp, soy wax resist, deconstructed screen print, mark make, rub with Shiva paintsticks, color with Inktense crayons, make marks with paint...Embellish! Lots of fun!

Make a Gelli Plate

You will learn to make a permanent gelli plate, using gelatine, glycerine, isopropyl alcohol and water.
You can then create mono-prints on fabric, using thickened Procion MX dyes, or fabric paints. Learn how to care for your gelli plate and re-make it if it is damaged.

Use Procion MX dyes

Using only three pure procion MX dyes, you can create an almost infinite number of colors. Pyramid dyeing is a really quick and easy way to create 21, 28 or 66 related colors. LWI (low-water immersion) dyeing allows you to create wonderful textures...Over-dye, print, stamp,...

Use Digital Silk Screens

You will learn how to use digital silk screens created on the MiScreen. We have several designs available for purchase or you can design your own and have them made by us.
Print thickened dyes, fabric paint, add gold leaf and foiling,

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