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Introduction to Textile Dyeing Techniques — Overview

This course will introduce students to a whole range of different dyeing techniques for textiles and fibre. We will investigate the properties of different fibres, and the correct types of dye to use with these. Students will be given information regarding safe working at home, so they can continue their exploration of dye outside of the PCA workshops. Covering a range of dye types including Procion MX, Disperse, Acid and natural dyes, we will also look at print processes using dyes, and mixed fibre double dyeing.

Students will be provided with a materials pack in the first week for testing and learning the techniques but will be encouraged to bring in their own materials to develop their work. For example, a knitter might be keen to work with wool yarn, but a textile printer might prefer to dye and experiment more with fabrics.

Location: Plymouth College of Art, Tavistock Place
Start Time: 17:45
End Time: 20:45
Start Date: 07/01/2020
End Date: 17/03/2020
Day: Tuesday
Fee: £220

Week 1
This week will introduce you to the dye lab facilities we have at Plymouth College of Art. We will discuss the different dye types and processes we will use through the course and talk about what students want to achieve through the course. We will talk about colour theory and begin exploring how to generate a complete spectrum of colour on fabric using cold water dyes. We will also dye a couple of pieces of mixed fibre fabric for double dyeing.

Week 2
Acid dye with wool and silk. For the second week, we will look at dischargeable acid dyes. During this session we will experiment with different ways of applying the dye, and dye a piece of silk ready for using in the following weeks illuminating acid dye workshop. We will also dye a second colour on our mixed fibre fabrics for double dyeing. 

Week 3
This week the students will be introduced to illuminating acid dyes. These dyes are mixed into a binder, and can be painted onto fabrics which have been dyed with dischargeable acid dyes. This process creates brilliant, luminous colour, which can also be screen printed with.

Week 4
Introduction to natural dyes. We will dye pieces of natural fabric using natural dyes, looking at a range of approaches. Dye stuff, mordants, modifiers and assistants will all be experimented with to create a range of delicately dyed fabrics.

Week 5
Continuing with natural dyes, this week we will look at indigo dye and its specific properties. We will also look at shibori techniques to create interesting surface patterns and over dyeing our naturally dyed samples from the previous week to create a whole range of colour. 

Week 6
Dyeing synthetic fabrics using immersion dyeing, transfer printing and sublimation printing. These three printing techniques are all used on synthetic fabrics, but all create very different effects. We will experiment with combining the three to create interesting textile surfaces.

Week 7
This week we will paint dyes onto silk screens, then transfer this onto a natural fabric. This process is one that can create some beautiful, painterly effects onto textiles. One of my personal favorite dye print techniques!

Week 8
Using hot wax, we will create resist patterns on fabric using traditional tjantings. We will then dye the fabric using cold water dyes, repeating the process to create interesting shadow effects on the fabric. 

Week 9
Students work on their own projects. This is a chance for students to develop their work, using the techniques taught through the previous weeks. 

Week 10
Students work on their own projects. This is a chance for students to develop their work, using the techniques taught through the previous weeks. 

Entry Requirements
This course is suitable for both beginners and improvers.

Materials and Equipment
Please bear in mind we will be getting inky, so wear old clothes and closed-toe shoes for your safety.


Please note that all courses are subject to student numbers and will only run if sufficient numbers are achieved. Plymouth College of Art reserves the right to cancel a course if insufficient student numbers are recruited.

In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Plymouth College of Art has temporarily closed its buildings until further notice to protect the health and safety of staff, students and visitors. For more information please click here.

Introduction to Textile Dyeing Techniques — Modules

Introduction to Textile Dyeing Techniques — Staff

The staff listed on this programme are correct at the time of writing. Students will be notified if there are any changes to key staff (i.e. Programme Leaders and Lecturers).

Introduction to Textile Dyeing Techniques — Student Work

Introduction to Textile Dyeing Techniques — Students Say

Introduction to Textile Dyeing Techniques — Careers & Alumni

Introduction to Textile Dyeing Techniques — Entry Requirements

Introduction to Textile Dyeing Techniques — Resources

Introduction to Textile Dyeing Techniques — Interview

Course Code: 1314
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