Fabric to Dye For

Ref: C3841729

This course is for students who are interested in designing and creating their own fabric designs to use in future projects. Students will experiment with MX Procion Dyes and Transfer Dyes to make comparisons and will develop dyes for printing inks to use in the design process of Block Printing. Students will also experiment with Discharge dyeing and a variety of resist techniques including Batik. This will be a highly productive course full of ideas and inspiration in which students can explore the chemical reactions that produce special effects and patterns using a variety of processes.

Course aim

To provide an introduction to dying fabric with chemical dyes and using the dyes to make printing mediums with a view to designing your own fabric for future projects

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • demonstrate how to measure and mix dye powders accurately for primary colours and create secondary colours from the primary colours
  • keep track of experiments by keeping a dying notebook
  • Create a light-value, medium value and dark value gradation of colours in a bright colour gradation and a warm colour gradation
  • Prepare fabrics for the Shibori dying process by stitching, pleating, binding and clamping.
  • to use wax and bleach as a resist to produce a variety of patterns, then melt the wax and overdye the fabric to produce new designs

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Apron, old towel, tray or washing up bowl, Large tie handle freezer bags (not zip lock) , Pre - washed 100% cotton and polyester cotton white fabric, cotton and polyester lace any threads, notebook, pen and a mask. Wear old clothing

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Fabric to Dye For


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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