Carol Anne Grotrian

Colorful Quarters Workshop (1-Day)

Student Supply List



If you’re a beginner or experienced, join us for a day of dyeing fat quarters using

fiber reactive dyes, buckets and baggies. Learn methods of gradation from light

to dark and color to color, starting with blue and ending up with almost 6 colorful

yards of cotton. We’ll use familiar “kitchen” measurements and focus on repeatable

results (never run out of a fabric again!).

Bring to Class:
Rubber gloves (kitchen “above” wrist style)
Dust mask from hardware store
A small bucket for rinsing
An old towel
A trash bag to cover table
20 gallon-sized closeable baggies--to transport damp fabric if needed


Wear old clothes


Note: a fee of $35 covers cost of fabric and dyes.


More Information:
We will be using four Fiber Reactive MX dyes--a blue, a red, a yellow and a

black--to create a variety of hues and shades. These dyes are powders that

are mixed into solution with water. The other ingredients are table salt, an industrial

soap called synthropol and "activator," which is basically old fashioned washing soda.

The process is considered non-toxic, though dust masks are recommended when

mixing the dye to avoid breathing in the powder. Rubber gloves are also recommended

and old clothes are advisable.


This is a hands-on workshop, where participants will become adept at dyeing

yardage, whether in buckets to create evenly colored solids or in low immersion baggies

to create mottled colors. The dye recipes rely on familiar kitchen measurements and

do not require special equipment or laboratory techniques such as weighing the fabric.

If you have any questions, contact instructor at

or 857-253-1904. For more information, see