Monthly Dye Studio Membership

Dye Hard Yarns

$ 200.00 USD

Only 5 left!

We offer dye studio access for members who want to work on dyeing projects without investing in all their own tools and equipment.

Indie Dyers, hobby dyers, and dye students can utilize the dyes, equipment, and tools in this functioning professional 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: Acid dyes, 7 Induction burners for heating dye baths, stock pots, chafer trays, steamer/cooker, 1 proofing cabinet, electric kettle, mason jars, syringes, buckets, plastic sink pans, measuring utensils, squeeze bottles, scales for weighing fiber and dyestuffs, swift, niddy-noddys, a yarn winder, spoons, wisks, tongues, skein twister, skein minder, spin dryer, portable washer, dry racks, 3 compartment sink, gloves, apron, dust mask, and plenty of table space to work.

Yarn, fiber, and fabrics purchased seperately. Indie dye businesses can utilize wholesale ordering privileges where applicable.

Prerequisite for studio rental: Studio orientation and Intro to dyeing is required for non-professional Dye Studio use/membership. 

How it works

  1. Membership requires a minimum 3 month commitment. 
  2. A monthly membership gives you access anytime the dye studio is open as well as after hours access on a predetermined schedule.

  3. After hours availability for members is prioritized for in-house dyers.

  4. Members 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. Here is one you can register for now!

  5. Members will have to bring their own yarns, fibers and fabrics or purchase these materials on site.

  6. Dyed yarns must be taken home after drying and twisting. In house dyers have the option of wall space to sell their dyed items. If needed you can rent storage from us.

  7. Dyer schedules will be coordinated with each individual dyer schedule to be fair and equitable to everyone. 

  8. For Safety, everyone must

    1. Wear closed toe shoes,

    2. Wear gloves when handling dyes, mordants, or auxiliary chemicals

    3. Wear a respirator or dust mask when handling dye powders

    4. Use hot pads or heat-proof mitts while handling hot pans

  9. 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

Allowed materials:

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

  • Urea

  • Glauber’s salt

  • Alum

  • Cream of Tartar

  • Textile detergent (Synthrapol)

  • Indigo

  • Fructose

  • Calcium hydroxide (calx, lime)

  • Cochineal

  • Madder

  • Pomegranate

  • Logwood

  • Osage

  • Gallnut

  • Food-safe natural dyes (avocado, onion skins, black beans, etc)

*Covid Compliance: In order to keep our staff, dyers, other customers and students safe, we require all studio renters to be fully vaccinated and boosted and provide verification of vaccination (and booster) dates. The first day of your rental period must be at least 2 weeks after booster dose. N95/KN95 or Surgical Masks are required while on premises and while not wearing your dyer's mask, frequent hand washing is required and hand sanitizer will be provided upon entry to the building. 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.