Tonal dyeing using KoolAid and acid dye


Friday, August 17
13:30 to 16:30


75,00 $ Can
35,00 $ Can
110,00 $ Can (without taxes)

No place available

All workshop registrations are non-refundable, unless the class is cancelled by the Festival.

A weekend (3-day) pass to the festival is offered to participants taking a workshop. (limit one pass per person)


An opportunity to learn tonal dyeing from the ground-up – Students will be encouraged to bring their own inspirations to class; be it a photograph, a piece of fabric or even a favorite sweater. From there we will discuss what makes a harmonious yarn, the basics of dyeing and how to narrow their inspirations down to colours that will work. We will get our feet wet by starting with the most basic exercise; Kool-aid. Students will learn the skills needed to continue their dyeing adventure at home, without the need to purchase chemicals or specialized equipment. We will explore a variety of dye application techniques, including hand-painting, immersion dyeing and speckling.  From there we will proceed to acid dye, using all the application techniques we have learned to create two skeins that are evocative of the student’s colour inspirations Students will go home with 3 skeins, one Kool Aid, and two Acid Dye.

What to bring

A colour inspiration, preferably in the form of a photograph.

Material provided:

2 skeins of DK weight yarn, one skein of sock yarn. All dyes: Kool Aid and Acid Dye Gloves and Masks


Shireen Nadir
Friday, August 17 13:30 to 16:30
Staff room AFSPN


Shireen Nadir The Blue Brick

Shireen Nadir The Blue Brick

Shireen is a designer at heart and considers her mediums secondarily. From photography to clay, glass, resin, wood, metal, and of course, yarn, she believes in the strength of cross-pollination of skills to create truly unique works. A photographer first, all of her designs are inspired by her photography. Her yarn is no different; Shireen is known for her gradient yarns, each one inspired by images taken around the world. Her gift for reproducing those colours on yarns is what distinguishes the Blue Brick Yarns. Shireen is also an experienced instructor and public speaker. From fiber guilds to Karate, she knows how to lead a group through exercises where everyone has fun and creates beautiful yarns that reflect their unique personality and photographic inspirations. Bringing a great love of both colour and teaching to each class, her students are sure to laugh and learn in equal measure :)


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