My name is Candy Glendening, and I’m addicted to color. I’ve been dyeing fabrics to use in my art for 15 years now, my blog chronicles my work. I’ve begun developing online classes to help people learn how to dye using Procion MX fiber reactive dyes.
Each class is self-paced, with no end date on your access to the information. I use a combination of written worksheets, templates, step-by-step directions with lots of pictures, and videos of steps that could be tricky. Each session will have a Question and Answer forum associated with it – I will respond to any question you have within 24 hours, and both these questions and answers will be available for other registered students to view. The beauty of an online course is that if several people are having the some difficulty with a particular step, I will just create additional content to add to the session to clarify any confusion.
This self-paced online course is designed to teach you how to use Procion MX Fiber Reactive Dyes on cotton in a controlled manner. Whether you are a beginner, or someone who has dyed in this manner before, my intention is to help you gain confidence in color mixing on cloth and raise you from apprentice to “journey(wo)man” status. I will lead you through creating a series of color palettes and then teach you how to use those to reproducibly dye small or large amounts of particular hue.
Specifically, you will learn how to create the “Candiotic Table of Elemental Color” using just over 2 yards of fabric for the swatches and small amounts of 6 different primary hues of dye. After creating this awesome reference palette, you will learn how to use this 66-step gradation of color mixing to dye larger pieces of your favorite hues, create color wheels, then shades, tints, and tones of these hues.
When does it start?
I’m hoping to have this class live February 1st. If you’d like to be notified when registration is open, and get access to early-bird pricing, please add your name to the special email list in the upper right-hand column.
Why learn from me?
By day, I teach biology to students at the University of Redlands who are non-science majors. I am very comfortable engaging my students and putting complex ideas into terms they understand. I’ve spent 15 years learning how to dye fabric, and developed this way of dyeing to accommodate my busy schedule and not waste my limited resources. I have 9 “how to” articles published in various Interweave publications (see list here), I have been a guest on four episodes of Quilting Arts TV, and I created a workshop DVD for Quilting Arts last August. A video clip from that can be found here, and is a great introduction to my teaching style.
Dyeing 102: Controlling Texture
Dyeing 103: Multi Color Cotton Fabric
Dyeing 104: Multi Color Silk Fabric