Acid Dyeing Basics

Fiber Arts

Acid Dyeing Basics

Learn to use basic washfast acid dyes, along with dyeing safety and techniques while crafting a one-of-a-kind colorway.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Sun, 1/14/2024 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Sun, 1/14/2024

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No Prerequisite, Class, Has Prerequisite

Fiber Arts Studio

Dyeing, Surface Design


This is a great class if you've never used acid dyes before, or if you'd like a very basic refresher in how acid dyes work along with the variables that affect final colors and how to use the dyes safely.

You'll be provided with a full skein of machine-washable Merino yarn for creating your own special skein, plus several small sample skeins, to learn the basics of kettle-dyeing, low-immersion dyeing and dip-dyeing. While the focus is on yarn dyeing, we'll talk about fabric dyeing, as well. Colors will be pre-mixed, but we'll go over how to mix your own dyes from powders.


  • This is the foundation for joining monthly Better Together! Acid Dyeing Study Group meet ups. If you want to join that group and don't have prior acid dyeing experience, this short course is for you!
  • Dress for a mess! Dyes may stain clothes or shoes.
  • Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes, as you’ll be on your feet for most of the class.


  • A $25 material fee, included in the cost of this class, covers a full skein of machine-washable Merino yarn plus several small sample skeins and all dyes used.
  • You'll also need an N95 mask (or equivalent), rubber gloves, and, if desired, an apron


Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Jessica Rose
Dyeing, Knitting

Jessica Rose recently arrived on Bainbridge from Seattle where she had more than 10 years' experience working and teaching at a local yarn shop, as well as blogging and podcasting about knitting. She’s a knitter, spinner, and dyer who loves to play with fiber and color but most of all she loves to knit hats. She’s so excited to join the creative community at BARN!

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