Yesterday I offered what I hope will be the first of many full day workshops at the studio. The dyeing class was something that has been in the works for a while. Almost a side effect of teaching spinning, if you will. Once everyone has spun their requisite pound of crossbreed or corriedale (learning fibre) they are all sick of white. The first skeins are not as pretty, kind of quirky, but usually end up being unloved as white.
I headed into the studio quite early to get everything ready for the class which involved a lot of juggling of the space. Cups, brushes, vinegar, buckets, cloths, wrap, gloves, masks, oh yes, and dyes. —-check, check, check…..enough espresso pods…Double check.
The group was wildly enthusiastic and have all been past students. One of the most important impromptu lessons of the day –how to use the cappuccino machine.
Once safety issues were out of the way, not trivial, but not creative, there was an amazing symphony of colour in the room. I am grateful to say, not one fibre was dyed with any pink in it.
There wasn’t time to get a lot of photographs, with two power interruptions and a small flood keeping things hopping, but it is definitely something we will be doing again.
Thanks to Jennifer and Kristin for the classroom support. It was wonderful for the students to see expert dyers in action.