Dear <<First Name>>,
My next online class, Dyeing 104: Multi Color Silk fabric is launching soon! Fingers crossed I can launch before I head to the East Coast at the very end of this month for a family wedding.
I am SO excited to share with you my methods of dyeing silk that use all the same dyes and soda ash that I do for dyeing cotton. Ah, except one dye, a special Procion MX dye called "Silk Black", that is the ONLY dye I've found to dye silk...black! So you'll want to order some of that
. But more importantly, you want to know what silk I'm dyeing and where to get it - well, at least some of you do as I've had some emails and blog comments asking about this.
Therefore, I wanted to let you know that the class supply list can be download right here
In session 1 I cover a lot about silk, but for those of you who want to know what sort of silk to buy, here's a crash course:
Silk weight is measured in momme (mm). The larger the number, the heavier/thicker it is. Here's a picture of 3 different weights of silk fabric:
All three of those fabrics are a Habotai, which has a nice subtle shine to it, but not the glossy sheen I associate with silk. I personally prefer charmeuse (and I explain all these terms in session 1). Here's a picture of Habotai vs. Charmeuse, where you can see the difference in how shiny they are:
In this class, I'll be dyeing a total of 45 different multi color palettes: 23 color theory explorations as well as 22 of my "secret recipes". In order to show the gamut of what's possible, I'll be dyeing each palette on 3 weights/weaves of silk:
- 5 mm Habotai scarf
- 12 mm Charmeuse half-yards
- 19 mm Charmeuse scarf
Something like this:
On the third page of the supply list
I give you the exact source for each of those fabrics/scarves dyed up above, as well as exact (or very close) items available from another manufacturer. I also realize that some folks may prefer silk yardage with less of a sheen, so I have also sourced 12mm Habotai fabric, which is exactly the same weight as the Charmeuse yardage I'm dyeing, from 3 websites. (Note: Habotai is usually less expensive than Charmeuse, which may also play a factor in your decisions).
Because silk is significantly more expensive than cotton, I wanted to get this info to you as quickly as I could. I've tried to supply you with enough info to get started figuring out what you need, but obviously I'll have a lot more info for you in the class. If you want to read more about what I'm going to cover, I've got all that information here
, and if you have any more questions about what to buy, hit reply to this email.
As soon as I've got the first 4 sessions online and working, I'll send out an email to you with a code that will allow you to register for the "early bird" price of $69. But first I've got to stop writing this email so I can get back to working on the class!!!
Yours in color,