Indie dyers, hobby dyers, and dye students can utilize our equipment and tools in the Diva dye studio to create their own hand dyed yarns, spinning fibers, and fabrics.
There is no structured instruction time while you're working, so previous experience is necessary.
Tools and equipment list:
- plenty of table/counter space to work
- 6 double burners for heating dye baths stock pots buckets
- 2 compartment sink (large capacity)
- Plastic sink pans - Gloves, apron, dust mask
- Chafing trays - Measuring utensils
- Slow cooker - Squeeze bottles
- Microwave - Scales for weighing fiber and dyestuffs
- Electric kettle - Spoons, whisks, tongs,
- Mason jars - Yarn winder & swift
- Syringes - Portable washer with spin dry
- Drying rack
** if we are missing anything you need, we are happy to discuss bringing the additional equipment/supplies in for you!
Dyers supply their own Yarn, fiber, dyes and fabrics.
Indie dye businesses can utilize wholesale ordering privileges where applicable.
Prerequisite for studio rental: Studio orientation and Intro to dyeing workshop is required for non-professional Dye Studio use/membership.
How it works
- Dye studio rental is available for half (3 hr) or full day (6 hr) sessions for access anytime the dye studio is open.
- Open hours will be Tuesday through Sunday during business hours.
- Dyers must show that they have experience with textile dyeing to work in the space. That could be through some training that they have done, or if they’ve taken a workshop at our space before. Register Divas Intro to Dying wrokshop now!
- Dyers will have to bring their own yarns, dyes, fibers and fabrics.
- Dry projects must be taken home with you once completed. If needed, we can discuss storage options from us.
- We ask that everyone calls or emails the shop to reserve their visit in advance to coordinate studio times.
- For Safety, everyone must
- Wear closed toe shoes,
- Wear gloves when handling dyes, mordants, or auxiliary chemicals
- Wear a respirator or dust mask when handling dye powders
- Use hot pads or heat-proof mitts while handling hot pans
- We recommend…
- Bringing your own respirator or dust mask
- Wear an apron or lab coat
- No hand or wrist jewellery (rings, bracelets, etc)
- Long hair tied back
We’re going to manage what materials are allowed to be used in the space in order to keep the studio safe and avoid cross-contamination. Contact us directly for any other materials that you want to bring in that aren’t on this list and we can verify if they’ll be approved or not.
Here’s a list of permitted materials:
- Approved Materials include:
- Acid dyes
- Fibre Reactive dyes
- Citric acid
- Soda ash/washing soda
- Union dyes (Tintex, Rit, Dylon, etc)
- Sodium Alginate
- Glauber’s salt
- Cream of Tartar
- Textile detergent (Synthrapol)
- Calcium hydroxide (calx, lime)
- Food-safe natural dyes (avocado, onion skins, black beans, etc)
If you have a fever, cold or flu-like symptoms, are not feeling well, or have been exposed to someone with Covid, please notify us and do not enter the premises.