Fabric Dyeing Classroom

Welcome to the Fabric Dyeing section of the Archives. Here we’ve gathered together all the content here on DesignMatters TV that focusses on methods of fabric dyeing. You’ll find video workshops and inspirational blog posts with lots of ideas and information to help you get started.

About Fabric Dyeing

With fabric shops packed with fabrics in myriad colours and patterns, why would you want to dye your own? Well just like a painter mixes her own colours on the palette, the textile artist loves the control and freedom of preparing fabrics from scratch. We so enjoy hand dyeing our own fabrics. There are many different methods from bucket dyeing to space dyeing, indigo, rusting, and painting with thick dyes.

Most of the methods that we’ll guide you through are suitable to natural fabrics, cotton, linen and silk. The exception being transfer printing/dyeing, which is suitable for synthetic fabrics such as polycotton poplin. Don’t worry if you don’t have much space or time, we always focus on methods that take a straightforward approach with minimal equipment and products.

Quick buy workshops from this Classroom

Explore the workshops...

  • All
  • Digital Print
  • Discharge Dyeing
  • Dyeing
  • Fabric Painting
  • Foiling
  • Free
  • Indigo
  • Painting
  • Printing
  • Procion MX
  • Resist
  • Rubbings
  • Rusting
  • Screenprinting
  • Sketchbook and Stitch
  • Stamping
  • Text
  • Transfer print

Surface Design – Sponge Printing

Join Linda in this set of two videos where she demonstrates how effective stamping with compressed sponge can be. This technique is suitable for use on both paper and fabric, but in this class Linda will focus on taking the ideas into fabric and will make a cushion from her stamped fabric that has stitch and beading to enhance the lovely printed texture. 

Using Text: Stamped Shape

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Using Text: Rubbings on Paper and Fabric

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Text on Textiles: Handwriting

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Customising Digital Print Fabric

Creating fabric design for digital print is just the start, once the fabric is printed you can still customise it using some of your favourite surface design techniques. In these workshops Laura shows how you can work with a digital print fabric to modify it with discharge dyeing and hand lettering.

Soy Wax Screenprints

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Texture Transfer Leaves

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Sketchbook to Textiles – Interpreting Marks

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Screenprinted Drawings on Fabric

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Sketchbook to Fabric

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Stamp and Draw on Paper and Fabric

Some detailed subject matter can be daunting to draw from scratch. In this workshop Linda will show you how it’s possible to use a subtle stamped shape as the base for your drawing. Take all the guesswork out of getting the shapes right and instead enjoy creating a design and drawing the details. Then building on the sketchbook work that Linda did using stamps and drawing, she demonstrates how it’s easily possible to translate those ideas to fabric to make a stitched piece.

Garment Dyeing

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Stitch Plus Colour

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Foiling on Fabric

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Easy Batik Fabrics

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Indigo Overdye

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Dimensional Fabric Paint

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Free – Simple Thread Skeins

If you enjoy dyeing fabric, then it’s highly likely you’re going to want threads to match! In this show see how Laura prepares skeins ready for dyeing.

Indigo and Rust

We just love the combination of indigo and rust dyed fabrics. In this workshop collection we’ll guide you through the essentials of indigo dyeing, plus more advanced methods using pleating, clamping and other simple resist methods. Next try rusting your fabric with iron objects to create incredible organic patterning.

Colour Exchange Dyeing

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Hand Dyeing

In this archive collection of 2 video workshops Laura will show you two of her favourite methods for colouring cloth with hand dyeing techniques. Use Procion MX dyes to colour natural fibre fabrics for fabulous results. You’ll only require simple equipment and Laura will guide you through the processes step-by-step.

Dye Painting

In this collection of three video workshops Laura will demonstrate easy, but highly effective ways to colour cloth with thickened dyes. Explore three different methods for adding colour pattern and line using simple materials and equipment. Laura will show you how to use thickened dyes for these processes, an ideal choice as they won’t stiffen the fabric at all.

Painterly Piecing, Applique and Hand Dyeing

We just love hand dyed fabrics, there’s no better way to create just the colours and colour combinations that we want for our work. In this video collection we’ll show you how to dye your own fabrics and then use them in painterly appliqué and patchwork projects.

The Thick of It

Learn how to thicken Procion MX dyes with Manutex (sodium alginate) so that you can paint or print with them.

Archive Four

In Archive 4 you’ll find a lively mix of some of the very first shows we taped for DMTV. Ranging from sketchbook work, improvisational and paper piecing, there’s lots to inspire.

Archive Three

In Archive 3 you’ll find a lively mix of some of the very first shows we taped for DMTV. Ranging from discharge printing, through altered books and free motion quilting, there’s lots to inspire.

Archive Two

In Archive 2 you’ll find a lively mix of some of the very first shows we taped for DMTV. Ranging from discharge printing, through altered books and free motion quilting, there’s lots to inspire.

Archive One

In Archive 1 you’ll find a lively mix of some of the very first shows we taped for DMTV. Ranging from discharge printing, through altered books and free motion quilting, there’s lots to inspire.

Tips for dyeing threads

Hand dyeing threads for quilting and embroidery is really quite simple. Here are a few tips if you fancy having a go yourself. (My thread is mercerised cotton and I’m dyeing it with Procion MX fibre reactive dye). I think threads are best dyed with a low water immersion technique so I’m using shallow trays (cat litter ones work fine, …