Dyed in the Wool EDIT 6170 Spring 2009 Melanie Childers Kelly Corsetti Amy Dryman Laura Heilman
Main Street Yarns and Fibers Main Street Yarns and Fibers is a small local craft business dedicated to those who work with fibers in the areas of knitting, crocheting, spinning and weaving. A yarn dyeing studio is available for individuals who have knowledge in dyeing safety and use of the space and an understanding of dyeing techniques.
Problem Statement Main Street Yarns and Fibers needs to create a class that will teach learners proper dye studio safety, fiber selection, dye preparation and dyeing techniques to increase the use of the studio.
Needs Analysis A survey of Main Street customers was conducted to determine the need for dye studio instruction. Survey results: More than 60% of those surveyed would like to learn to dye their own yarn. Over 50% of respondents knew that dye classes were offered but did not know about the dye studio. (194 customers took part in the survey)
Rational for the Need for Instruction Based on our survey results, the awareness of the studio and rental time was minimal. This paired with the 60% of the respondents desiring to learn to dye their own fibers provides the need for a course on studio safety and basic dyeing techniques. This course will be a benefit to Main Street Yarns in renting out the studio.
Course Design The course is designed to meet the needs of the customers interested in using the dye studio at Main Street. It is targeted for first time dyers, but can accommodate any level of experience. Upon completion of the course, students will be cleared to use the Main Street dye studio independently. Throughout the 10 units of the course, the instructor is actively participating, demonstrating and providing feedback. All units include a 3x5 card with information relative to the unit that will be assembled as a handbook for later reference.
Course Design Unit 1: Welcome to the Studio Environment The learners are introduced to the studio space so they may familiarize themselves with the location of safety and dyeing equipment. • Unit 2: Safety Guidelines • Safety equipment, safety guidelines, rules and procedures are reviewed and discussed.
Unit 3: Introduction to Yarns and Fibers Discussion of the different fiber types, weights and interaction of fibers along with the selection of yarn for dyeing. • Unit 4: We Who Are About to Dye • Explanation and execution of proper fiber preparation with water and acid bath.
Unit 6: Basic Dyeing Techniques – Pot dyeing and hand painting • Techniques are explained and students choose method desired. Unit 5: Color Color theory is discussed and put into practice when selecting colors for dyeing.
Unit 7: Studio Space Preparation Preparation of workspace to execute dyeing techniques • Unit 8: The Dyeing Process • Students execute dyeing the yarn or fiber.
Unit 9: Finishing Techniques Students will execute the finishing techniques • Unit 10: Studio Clean-up • The students will clean up the studio according to the verbal instructions of the instructor.
Lesson Design: Unit 8The Dyeing Process Objective: SWBAT execute dyeing of two skeins of fiber according to each of their chosen dyeing techniques within one hour. Supporting Objective: SWBAT verbally explain the steps involved in the third, unexecuted, dyeing method.
Unit 8: The Dyeing Process Pot Dyeing Materials: Large pot Water (to ¾ fill pot) Chosen dyes Yarn or fiber to be dyed Process: Put large pot with water on stove to steam (about medium heat). After water begins to steam, add yarn or fibers. Begin to add dyes with the dye chosen to be the “base” color added first. Continue to add dyes until desired color and effects are met. Remove yarn from water and carefully transfer to sink to rinse. Let dry and reskein. Sample 3x5 Instructional Card
Evaluation Expert Review: no problems with content or instruction. All steps of the dyeing process were accurately covered. One to One: evaluation of instruction led to creation of safety sheet. Small Group: successful instruction; no changes were needed. Field Trial: upon completion of course, learners felt they were adequately instructed and could confidently work independently in the dye studio.