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Yarn Dyeing for Beginners and Beyond

Have you ever admired the beautiful multi-colored yarns available at your local yarn shop? Express your creativity through hand-painting and dyeing two skeins of superwash yarn with fiber artist, Rita Petteys. Each student will have the opportunity to choose a multi-color combination that they love and pair it with a semi-solid color that coordinates or contrasts. The class will also cover topics such as choosing harmonious colors, measuring dye in both liquid and powder form, how to hand-paint yarn, how to dye yarn via immersion techniques, rinsing yarn, safety, compiling materials if you want to do dyeing at home, and other topics. At the end of the workshop, students will take with them two skeins of hand-dyed, hand-painted yarn, and class handouts. This class is perfect for people who have no previous experience with dyeing, or for those who love to dye and don’t have space to do it in. All skill levels are welcome. This class is messy, so please wear old clothes


Class Policies
Class fees are due when you sign up to secure your spot in the class.
Fees are payable by check or cash.  
Class fees are refundable up to 48 hours before the class, unless the class is cancelled by us.  In that case, the fee will be refunded to you.
We request that all materials be purchased from Thistledown Shoppe.  A 10% discount is given on the materials.
We suggest that you come into the shoppe, prior to the class, to purchase your materials.
and shoes.

Registration Fee: $75 / Supply Fee: $25

Express your creativity through hand-painting and dyeing two skeins of super wash yarn!

Sunday, September  18


8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

Registration Check-in

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Class Session 1:

Discuss the element of dyeing; yarn choice, types of dye, different dyeing techniques, safety, measuring dye and chemicals, choosing harmonious color combinations; will start mixing dye.   

10:30 - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. - Noon        

Class Session 2:

Dye first of the two skeins via immersion method: preparation of areas, measuring and weighing dye and yarn, dyeing the yarn.

Noon - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:30 - 3:00 p.m. 

Class Session 3:

Rinse and hang out the first skeins of yarn; prep second skein of yarn. Measuring dye and chemicals for second skein; application of dye on second skein.

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.


3:15-5:00 p.m.

Class Session 4:

Rinsing second skein of yarn and hanging out to dry. Dyeing any additional yarn that students have brought or purchased from instructor. Analysis of results via some step-throughs prepared in advance.

5:00 p.m.        

Course Conclusion

Please note that this schedule may be subject to change. Participants will be notified of any adjustments.



Rita Petteys is the owner of Yarn Hollow, a hand-dyed fiber, yarn, and fabric company based in Grandville, Michigan. Yarn Hollow, operating since 2005, was born of a long love of fiber arts and color. Rita was a young knitter and crocheter who returned to knitting after college, starting with the mythic boyfriend sweater. Then came spinning, and dyeing followed. Yarn Hollow focuses on color in all manners: pastel, bright, dark, muddy, neutral, saturated. Using a lot of careful measurements and the best quality fibers, yarns, and fabrics, the business strives to produce goods that vibrate with life, color, and reflect the enthusiasm Rita has for the fiber arts.

Rita has also been teaching dyeing and other aspects of the fiber arts since 2007. She has taught a variety of classes focusing on dyeing and color mixing, and has taught at yarn shops, fiber retreats, and fiber festivals throughout the Midwest. She has also taught at Oxbow, the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, and for the Michigan League of Handweavers annual conferences.


Earlier Event: September 10
Northbound KAL, Session 5
Later Event: September 23
Greater Traverse Yarn Shop Hop 2016