True Colors | Carol Soderlund - May 13-17, 2019


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True Colors: Developing Your Personal Palette

For the dyer, the many choices of dye colors available can lead to confusion and disappointment in color outcomes. This class will help you choose the pure color that will suit you in developing your own personal palette. Carol has dyed over 80 individual palettes, which she will share with you through slide presentations, discussions, and hands -on dyeing. Brilliant yellows, passionate purples, rich reds, astounding blues and soothing greens as well as necessary neutrals will be yours to mix using Procion MX dyes.

This class will focus on:

• developing skill in intuitive color mixing, based primarily on training the eye

• an understanding of the relationship between colors

• understanding warm and cool contrasts

• choosing your personal palette of pure reds, yellow, and blues, from which all hues can be mixed

• how to dye saturated, brilliant colors, and avoid mud when you choose to

• how to create interesting complex neutrals (Bring on the mud puddles!)

• how to shade from value to value and hue to hue

Students will dye up from 8 to 20 yards of cotton (depending on whether one-yard cuts or fat quarter cuts are chosen) using low water immersion techniques. On the first day, we will develop concepts through lecture and discussion, and do some exercises to get familiar with the pure hues. On the days following, we will dye yardage using low water immersion techniques, resulting in both solid-colored and multi-colored cloth and explore the possibilities of layering color to enrich the palette.

This class is suitable for all levels of experience, both for those who have had Carol’s class Color Mixing for Dyers, and for those who have not.

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Tuition: $500 ($200 deposit charged at registration)
Level; All
Materials Fees: $30-90 (paid separately during the workshop)


Instructor bio: Carol is an artist and educator who has been studying and playing with color and dyes for 25 years. Her curiosity about the range and variety colors that could be developed from three primary dyes led to her creation of her Color Mixing system for dyers, the intersection of  three dimensional color theory with the reality of Procion MX dyes. Carol encourages the freedom of mixing color by eye with results-based samples, which can also be used to reproduce color for those so inclined. 

A former high school teacher, Carol loves to develop original course material and share her knowledge with her students. Carol was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2013 and again in 2015 by the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals.  

She has authored articles in Quilting Arts, American Quilter, and Quilter’s World magazines. Carol has shown her quilts in juried venues across the country, winning awards which included Best of Show at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.

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