The Guild is offering a Dye Day October 13 for GBFG members.
Please see information below and contact Jen if you wish to participate
Dye Day in October
For our October meeting we will be having an acid dye day at Karen Ford's house! This event is open to current guild members only and while it is free, advanced registration is required. There are still some spaces available but you MUST email Jennifer Lackey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
before Oct. 1st if you want to be added to the list.
This dye day will provide a range of colors of prepared dyestock and the tools and work space to do a little painting with acid dyes. We will be painting and then steaming to set the dye. There
will be no formal instruction on using acid dyes, so please research what you plan to do before
the dye day. Look around on the web for ideas about handpainting roving and yarn! Here are
some helpful links if you’re new to dyeing:
http://dharmatrading.com – instructions and tutorials
http://youtube.com – try “dyeing yarn” in search bar
http://www.earthguild.com/products/dyes/dyehub.htm - carries natural dyestuffs
http://www.wool2dy4.com – yarns to dye
http://www.villagespinweave.com – undyed fiber source
http://wwaverbforkeepingwarm.com – natural dyer, author and shopkeeper
https://www.knitpicks.com – dyeable yarn, roving, sock blanks and dyes
Each guild member will be allowed to dye a maximum of eight (8) ounces of total weight of
goods that they bring, like:
- 4 ounces of yarn - 4 ounces of roving - one sock blank - one silk scarf
The 8 oz. limit will be strictly enforced to ensure there is enough dye for everyone. The total weight of both items should be 8 ounces or less. Please ensure items are clean and your yarn, if applicable, is in hank ready to be dyed. Bring the items already wet. Tools to prepare your fibers will not be available.
Items that take acid dye well are protein based. Wool, alpaca, mohair, silk, nylon, etc., should
dye well. Cotton and flax will not dye well.
To minimize crowding, the dye day will be run in two sessions, morning and afternoon. We ask
that you arrive promptly for the start of your session and leave when it ends. Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before the start of your session as we have set-up to complete. We will not be gathering for lunch on this day, either, so please plan accordingly.
Be sure to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dye on, bring an apron if you have one,
gloves and a bag/bucket to take your wet items home.
The sessions are: Morning - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Afternoon - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Friday, September 14, 2018
Tomorrow is our Spin in Public Day at the Homewood Library. We'll be spinning (or knitting or tatting or crocheting or....!!) from 10am-12pm. Everyone is welcome to come represent our Guild!! It's a great event because it corresponds with the Guild's Show in the Library's display areas. We get lots of interested people and it's really fun!
Hope to see many of you there!!
Just a reminder that our October meeting will be a special dye day at Karen Ford's house and NOT at our regular meeting place at Hoover Church of Christ. For that reason, anyone who needs to participate MUST SIGN UP:) Space is limited. So, if you want to attend, please send your request to
We've posted info about how this day will work on Ravelry and will be sending more info through the next newsletter!!