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Just as primary colors—blue, red, and yellow—combine to produce the rest of the color wheel, natural dyes can be combined and modified to produce the full color palette. In this video, master dyer Dagmar Klos shows how to dye over primary colors and produce a full range of hues and tones using natural dyestuffs.

You'll Love This Weaving Video If:

  • You want to get started with indigo dyeing
  • You like to modify and experiment with color
  • You want a full range of natural colors for your textile projects
  • You're interested in recreating historical cloth

In Overdyeing You'll Learn:

  • The dyestuffs that complete the natural color wheel
  • The materials and equipment you'll need for overdyeing
  • Important safety practices for natural dyeing
  • How to prepare an indigo dyebath for dyeing and overdyeing
  • How to prepare dye extracts for overdyeing
  • How to use iron, acids, and other modifiers to shift colors

About the Expert:

Dagmar Klos is a dye master, fiber artist, and teacher. She has served as co-publisher and co-editor of the Turkey Red Journal, a newsletter dedicated to natural dyes. In 2002, she received the Handweavers Guild of America's Certificate of Excellence in Dyeing. Dagmar's colorful woven scarves appear in Handwoven Scarves (Interweave Press, 1999), and have often graced the pages of Handwoven magazine. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.


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“I’ve taken natural dyeing classes in person at Rhinebeck where I didn’t learn as much as I did from this video class. . . . The safe use and disposal of some mordants that worried me (Iron in particular) is made clear and easy. The actual process of overdyeing is mesmerizing. The colors achieved were glorious. The teacher's wealth of knowledge was enhanced by her excellent course plan and presentation skills . Very highly recommended.” - Lisa Rametta

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