A Crash Course on Dyeing Yarn with Acid Dyes - April 29

About A Crash Course on Dyeing Yarn with Acid Dyes with Diane Ivey

Join us and learn how to dye your own yarns in your own kitchen. This class is a crash course on the basics of dyeing yarn and Diane will teach different dyeing techniques. You will learn how to prepare yarns for dyeing and how to use acid dyes and apply color. You will learn to dye solids, speckles, variegated, and more!

This Fiber Arts Seminar is offered as part of the 2021 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and is limited to 20 students.

Class Materials Needed

Please wear clothes that you don't mind getting dye on or getting dirty. Please wear closed toed shoes. NO SHORTS OR SANDALS.
MASKS (Dust mask or any mask to cover your face from the acid dyes.)
Stove or hot plate
Table to put all materials on.
Disposable cups and spoons (a plastic container and wooden spoon will work as long as you do not want to use them to cook from again)
Plastic Wrap
Large Pot (I recommend a stainless-steel pot). PLEASE NOTE: YOU CANNOT USE THIS POT FOR COOKING AFTER YOU DYE IN IT. I recommend going to thrift store if open in your area.
Bucket OR large storage container (this will be used for soaking the yarn and citric acid)
Mesh bag or pillowcase
Large bowls to place yarn after dyeing (2-3 needed.) PLEASE NOTE: YOU CANNOT USE THESE BOWLS FOR COOKING AFTER YOU USE THEM FOR DYE.
Pitcher or tea kettle
Optional: Squeeze bottles – can be purchased from Amazon.
Materials kit purchased directly from instructor. Contains yarn (25 mini skeins and 1-2 full skeins), dye (you will have a lot of dye left over for you to use other times), latex gloves, citric acid, information about dyeing, and zip ties. Materials kit will be an additional $100, and can be purchased directly from instructor. Ordering instructions for the materials kit will be available in Lessonface once you have enrolled. To allow enough time for the kit to arrive prior to the start of class, registration for this class will close on April 3.
Any yarn you want to dye above and beyond that provided in the materials kit.


Gather all supplies and equipment.
The night before the class, soak all your yarn with the citric acid and warm water. You will use one of the containers labeled "citric acid." Dump the packet in the bucket then fill the bucket with warm water making sure the citric acid dissolves.
Then place yarn in the bucket making sure it is completely wet.

Skill Level


Space is limited. Enroll now to reserve your spot.


Two sessions on Thursday, April 29, from 10 am ET to noon ET, and from 2 pm ET to 4 pm ET.

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Enrolled students receive 30-day access to the video recordings of the class.

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT
A Crash Course on Dyeing Yarn with Acid Dyes - April 29
Diane Ivey

Diane Ivey

Diane Ivey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Mass Communication with a concentration in Print Journalism from Georgia College & State University. She also holds a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management from Suffolk University. Prior to starting Lady Dye Yarns, Diane spent about 10 years in the non-profit sector starting as an Americorps member with City Year Rhode Island and then joining the City Year Boston Staff as a Program Manager. She also became the Program Support Specialist at the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. After attending graduate school, she worked for The Boston Foundation as the Administrative Coordi...

How It Works

Register and enroll above. Enrollment is not complete until payment is made on the next page, by credit card or Paypal via our secure platform. Enrolled students will receive an immediate email confirmation of enrollment, and on the day before the seminar, a reminder with Zoom link to join the class via email. Students will also be able to join the Zoom sessions from their Lessonface dashboard. Students can connect to Zoom using a tablet or computer with reliable internet. To actively participate online students also need a webcam with microphone. The class is covered by the Lessonface Guarantee.

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About Lessonface, PBC

Since 2013, Lessonface has connected more than 10,000 students with over 2,000 great teachers for live music & language, and arts lessons online, delivering on our mission to help students achieve their goals while treating teachers equitably. We are thrilled to be delivering the Fiber Arts Seminars for the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.

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