Instruction Sheets

Natural Dyes - What they are and how to use them

Natural Dyeing pdf
A thorough introduction to dyeing with natural dyes. This fourteen-page PDF includes dye recipies, information on mordants, assistants, water, and extracts. Newly revised.

How to Dye with Indigo or Woad

Indigo and Woad pdf 
An overview of the life of this famous dye with information on the difference between synthetic and natural indigo. These instructions also include everything you need to know in order to setup your own indigo or woad vat.

How to make an organic indigo vat

The Organic Vat pdf 
Alternative reduction agents for an indigo vat. Fruit, dates, fructose, other dyes, and a ferrous mixture. These recipies have been developed by Michel Garcia in collaboration with Charllotte Kwon. Expand your indigo knowledge.

Symplocos - a plant-based mordant

Symplocos pdf 

Instructions and information on the use of Symplocos - a bioaccumulator of alum.  

How to Dye with Procion MX

Procion MX Dyeing pdf 
Procion MX Powder Dyes are vibrant and extremely concentrated. they are unique in that the dye molecule forms a chemical bond with the fiber to produce exceptionally brilliant shades that have excellent wash and light fastness.

Block Print Datasheet pdf
All about block printing with tips on block carving and printing.

CIBA Washfast Acid Dyes Datasheet pdf
Acid dyes are a large class of chemical dyes applied mainly to wool, silk and other animal fibers. They are named "acid" because they are made from organic acids and need acid in the dyebath in order to react with the fiber.

Devoré Datasheet pdf
Devoré is a fascinating textile process of etching a pattern into cloth using a paste which burns away specific fibres. Sensuous cloth reminiscent of antique velvet, lace and cut work can be obtained, along with dynamic contemporary creations.

Discharge Datasheet pdf
Dishcharging is the removal of colour from fabric, either as a means to change its colour or as a design technique. Not all dyes may be discharged, nor may all fibers withstand the discharging agent.

Floorcloth Datasheet pdf
Floorcloths are simply a painted canvas for the floor. The canvas is primed before painting and then varnished many times to protect it from wear. Floorcloths date back at least as far as 14th century France. These instructions will take you through all the necessary steps to create your own design.

Marbling pdf
Marbled designs are often found on the stunning endpapers of traditionally bound books, but the technique can also be worked on fabric. Our instructions take you through the process to marble either material.

Japanese Paste-Resist Dyeing pdf 
A variety of dye techniques are possible through the use of a flour-based paste resist. Our instructions provide background to the techniques as well as recipies and instructions for creating your own paste-resist.

Telana / Lanaset Dyes pdf 
Telana is the new name for Lanaset Dyes. These instructions describe the use of these extremely lightfast and washfast synthetic dyes.

Procion H pdf 
One of the most popular dyes for hand painting on silk and cotton is Procion H Liquid concentrate. These dyes produce jewel-like colours on most natural fibers. Procion H is a liquid dye that is fiber reactive and can be used successfully on silk, cotton, linen, rayon, wool, ramie and paper.

Procion MX Dyeing in the Washing Machine pdf 
An innovative and easy way to dye.

Resists pdf 
An overview of types of resist and general instructions for their use.

Silk Painting pdf
Silk has reigned for centuries as the queen of textiles. Even in this age of high technology we must rely upon a carefully coddled caterpillar for the pleasure of silk. Four to ten strands must be spun together to create a durable, practical thread. The thread is then woven into a variety of fabric weaves Ð retaining the beautiful hand and luminescent quality that make silk a joy to hand paint.

Stretching and Steaming pdf
These instructions take you through the process of preparing frames and stretching silk or cotton. Also included are instructions for steaming fabric as a means to set the dye.

Vat Dye Datasheet pdf
Vat dyes are discharge dyes which enable the replacement of a background colour through various processes of appliction. Vat dyes can be used to replace a previously dyed, fairly dark ground colour without effecting the hand of the cloth.