Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Synthetic dye class: Learn to make that yarn any color you want it to be!


This is a guest post by a fantastic tapestry weaver and expert dyer, Cornelia Theimer Gardella. You can see her work on her website at We are teaching classes at the same time in Golden, CO June 10 to 13. I'm teaching Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry (and there is one spot left if you want it!). But the real fun is happening in the dye studio! There are several spots left for the dye class. It is a rare treat to be able to study with a dye master like Conni.

Cornelia Theimer Gardella:
Together with Rebecca, I will be heading up to Golden, Colorado next month for four days of teaching at The Recycled Lamb.

While Rebecca is teaching her workshop Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry, I will be in the dye studio teaching Around the Color Wheel in 4 Days: Color Theory in the Dye Studio. The classes are June 10 to 13.

If you've ever wondered how to dye your own wool and silk for tapestry weaving or any other fiber projects or if you've had problems determining which colors you will get by mixing dyes, this is the perfect class for you. We will not only practice the process of dyeing with Lanaset/Sabraset dyes, we will also explore color theory in all its facets which will help you take the guesswork out of dyeing. One fascinating topic for many textile artists is how to produce smooth color gradation. The 4 days of the workshop will give us enough time to develop all different kinds of hue and value gradations and really experiment with color!

At the end of the week you will go home with dozens of yarn samples along with all the formulas we've developed together and the necessary knowledge to start your own sample book and dye every color imaginable on your own.
The classes are happening at The Recycled Lamb in Golden, CO. You can see more information on their events page here: (scroll down a ways to see both classes). If you'd like more information, you can email me at

Dye samples drying

Cornelia Theimer Gardella, Regular Horizontals I, 24 x 39 inches, hand-dyed wool tapestry
Cornelia Theimer Gardella, Horizontals I, 18 x 27 inches, hand-dyed wool tapestry
All photos above taken by Cornelia Theimer Gardella.

This is Rebecca again:
I can tell you that Conni is an amazing teacher and a great dyer. 
Around the Color Wheel in 4 Days: Color Theory in the Dye Studio will be an experience which will change your approach to color and enable you to dye whatever color you want for your next work of fiber art. This is a great opportunity to learn from a master dyer in a beautiful area of the country. Acid wool dyes are what I use for all of my work. They are colorfast, lightfast, and surprisingly easy to use. You can register by calling The Recycled Lamb at (303) 234-9337. I hope to see you there!


  1. Sure wish I was closer. Maybe you can convince Conni to create an online course? :)

  2. I hope she will be teaching this again someday. I would love to take a hands on color dye class like this from her. Right now, my head is spinning with all I'm learning in your on line classes. I really didn't want to add dyeing to my life, but after seeing those luscious colors and yarns you posted, I changed my mind.

  3. I absolutely love that tapestry at the bottom of the post. Color gradation is so cool! That is what got me so excited a few months ago and still primary motivation for learning these skills. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. I know it! Aren't those tapestries awesome! I am lucky enough to be sharing a studio space with Conni right now and I get to look at some of her tapestries every day. That particular one sold long ago so I can't see it unfortunately. I mean, good for her that she sells her work, but shouldn't she be thinking about my need for good art around while I work? :)


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