Synthetic dye class: Learn to make that yarn any color you want it to be!


This is a guest post by a fantastic tapestry weaver and expert dyer, Cornelia Theimer Gardella. You can see her work on her website at We are teaching classes at the same time in Golden, CO June 10 to 13. I'm teaching Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry (and there is one spot left if you want it!). But the real fun is happening in the dye studio! There are several spots left for the dye class. It is a rare treat to be able to study with a dye master like Conni.

Cornelia Theimer Gardella:
Together with Rebecca, I will be heading up to Golden, Colorado next month for four days of teaching at The Recycled Lamb.

While Rebecca is teaching her workshop Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry, I will be in the dye studio teaching Around the Color Wheel in 4 Days: Color Theory in the Dye Studio. The classes are June 10 to 13.

If you've ever wondered how to dye your own wool and silk for tapestry weaving or any other fiber projects or if you've had problems determining which colors you will get by mixing dyes, this is the perfect class for you. We will not only practice the process of dyeing with Lanaset/Sabraset dyes, we will also explore color theory in all its facets which will help you take the guesswork out of dyeing. One fascinating topic for many textile artists is how to produce smooth color gradation. The 4 days of the workshop will give us enough time to develop all different kinds of hue and value gradations and really experiment with color!

At the end of the week you will go home with dozens of yarn samples along with all the formulas we've developed together and the necessary knowledge to start your own sample book and dye every color imaginable on your own.
The classes are happening at The Recycled Lamb in Golden, CO. You can see more information on their events page here: (scroll down a ways to see both classes). If you'd like more information, you can email me at

Dye samples drying

Cornelia Theimer Gardella, Regular Horizontals I, 24 x 39 inches, hand-dyed wool tapestry
Cornelia Theimer Gardella, Horizontals I, 18 x 27 inches, hand-dyed wool tapestry
All photos above taken by Cornelia Theimer Gardella.

This is Rebecca again:
I can tell you that Conni is an amazing teacher and a great dyer. 
Around the Color Wheel in 4 Days: Color Theory in the Dye Studio will be an experience which will change your approach to color and enable you to dye whatever color you want for your next work of fiber art. This is a great opportunity to learn from a master dyer in a beautiful area of the country. Acid wool dyes are what I use for all of my work. They are colorfast, lightfast, and surprisingly easy to use. You can register by calling The Recycled Lamb at (303) 234-9337. I hope to see you there!