Quilts by Barb

2012 hand dyeing workshop

Our 2012 workshop was a huge success.  Watch here for detail for the 2013 workshop tentatively scheduled for June 17, 2013. 

 We would love to have you join us!

hand dyeing workshop 

 "Just wanted to say we had a great time at the dyeing workshop. You had everything so well organized and everyone was so helpful. And the lunch and drinks were excellent.  I was very happy with my fabric when we left on Saturday, but after I washed it I was even more excited about it. It turned out so terrific! I am busy looking for just the right quilt pattern for it.

Anyway, I am really hooked on this dyeing business. So, the next time you have a workshop, please let me know.

Thanks again."  

A comment from a participant at our last hand dyeing workshop

a convergence quilt by Barbara Raisbeck
featuring hand dyed fabrics

2012 hand dyeing workshop

When:  Monday, June 18, 2012
              9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Where:  Lapacek's Orchard, N1959 Kroncke Road, Poynette, WI

If you’re a beginner or an advanced dyer, this workshop is for you.  The format is very relaxed.  Each participant chooses her (or his) own colors, materials and methods.  We provide help as needed.  Advanced dyers will be able to jump right in and start dyeing while beginners learn the basic procedures to get started.  We will be working outside (or in a LARGE shed in case of rain) and there will be LOTS of room.  You can dye as much or as little as you’d like.

A few of the topics that will be covered:

  • The basic procedures involved in dyeing cotton fabrics using fiber reactive dyes
  • Color gradations within a color family
  • Color gradations from color family to color family
  • Color wheels
  • Techniques to create visual texture and one of a kind fabrics
  • Learn how to make "convergence fabrics" just like Barb and Diane
  • NEW FOR 2012 - We will be doing OVERDYEING of commercial cotton fabrics.  We  have done a little of this is the past but now we do A LOT of it.  If you were at the 2011 Quilt Retreat Getaway Weekend you saw a lot of our overdyed fabrics.

Interested in dyeing things other than cotton fabric?

  • We will have blank white T shirts in many different styles and sizes for sale the day of the workshop.
  • We will have a selection of onesies, dresses and rompers for your little ones.
  • We will also have PFD fabric for sale by the yard or by the bolt.
  • Want to dye fibers for embellishment?  We’ll have some of them.

    Bring other items from home and we will help you dye them. Think old table linens, crocheted doilies, kid's socks. The fun is just starting! The methods we use work with cellulose (plant based) materials or silk. No wool.  (That’s an entirely different process.)  Think cotton, linen, rayon.  Blends will also work as long as they include some cellulose fibers.  If you’re in doubt, bring it along.  We’ll advise you.

Workshop cost: $55

The workshop fee includes all instruction for the day and lunch.  Supply cost will be $9.00 for each yard of cotton PFD.  This includes the fabric, dyes and other supplies needed.  If you purchase other items or bring them from home, we will weigh them and charge for dye supplies according to the weight of the items.

 Supplies will also be available for purchase if you’re interested in dyeing at home.

A $25 nonrefundable deposit will be paid at time of registration to reserve your spot. The balance is due the day of the workshop.

 Need a room for the Dyeing Workshop?  May we suggest:

Best Western Countryside Inn , or the Prairie Splendor Farm Bed and Breakfast

registration on line by credit card

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2012 Hand Dyeing Workshop

registration by mail

To register by mail, send a check or money order

$25.00 for nonrefundable deposit only or $55.00 for Workshop fee paid in full

along with your name, address, phone number and email address if you have one to:

Quilts by Barb
Barbara Raisbeck
421 Mill St
Bloomington, WI   53804

For more information, email Barb@Quiltsbybarb.com or phone Barb at 608-994-2821.


Samples from our 2011 Workshop

Thanks  to Lorriann for sharing her photos.