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Heat Transfer Printing with Disperse Dyes March 2019

Disperse dyes are liquid colours or crayons which are applied to paper and they may be painted or printed and are then transferred to fabric through a heat transfer process.
These techniques were originally developed for fabric printing before the onset of digital printing but the techniques in a simplified form can be used at home to create multi coloured prints on fabric
You will be shown how to use the disperse dyes and crayons by painting printing and taking rubbings from textural plates onto thin paper creating a series of textures with the dyes and crayons that can then be layered by using a variety of objects from cut stencils to delicate original plant forms to create a resist image.

Disperse dyes work best with synthetic fabrics and you will be provided with satin, velvet, lace and chiffon samples with which to experiment although you are welcome to bring fabrics of your own to use if you wish. Most synthetic fabrics will work well but sadly natural fibres will only print very faintly. As the dyes are transparent, pale colours work best as your prints won’t show up on dark colours.

You will take home a folder of samples and a small covered notebook together with a sheet listing stockists of dyes and some ideas for further development.

On the first Saturday you will produce a range of fabric samples from your own prints. On the second day, these samples will be further developed through collage, applique and stitch using also the painted papers from which the prints originated which are lovely pieces in themselves. A sewing machine of your own to bring would be helpful for the second day but we will have some machines for you to use if you don’t have one of your own. You don’t need to be really proficient with a sewing machine and this session will be suitable for both beginners and those with some experience.

All dyes, crayons, paints, fabrics, papers and a small soft notebook to cover will be provided.
You will need to bring some small soft watercolour brushes, scissors, a pencil and an eraser if possible but there will be some brushes etc. to borrow on the day. I often use small delicate leaves and plants such as cow parsley and ferns to act as resist images so you may wish to bring some small plants of your own to use.

The workshops will take place at Studio 8-4-4, Harpers Mill, Lancaster LA1 4XQ. To book and for prices, please contact Christine Stanford, who is hosting the workshops in her studio.
Telephone 07802425944