The course covers fleece and yarn scouring, hank making, mordanting, dye-extraction, dyeing, record keeping and sampling.
By combining historical dyes such as cochineal, weld and indigo an exciting spectrum can be created.
The dye area has gas rings, spin-dryer and precision scales. Stainless steel containers are used for dyeing small quantities and a boiler for dyeing in bulk.
Acid and pre-metalised dyes are used for wool & silk and fibre-reactive dyes for cotton & linen.
The course covers safe practice, accurate measurement, making up and using stock solutions, colour theory, creating colour mixes, tints and shades and good record-keeping.
By the end of the week students will have developed a strong awareness of colour and will have assembled a set of reference samples that can be used to repeat any colour or to act as a starting point to create new colours. Control of colour widens the scope for creativity in textile design.