Paivatar Acid Dyes

I have been using acid dyes for many years to dye wool, silk and other protein fibres. I used to use the CIBA brand of acid dyes but I can no longer find them. So I went on a search for other acid dyes that work in a similar fashion. After much trial and error, I have located a range of dyes that I am happy with.
These dyes are an industrial strength acid dye that has low environmental impact.
The dyes come in a powder form and can be an irritant to your nose and throat as they are a very fine powder. So I find it best to mix the dye into a stock solution when you first purchase them. This is easily done by making the dye into a paste with cold water, and then adding 1 litre (or quart) of water. The dye stock must be heated to +80 degrees C to dissolve the dye. Once the dye is dissolved, pour the stock solution into a Mason or Kilner jar and it is ready to use. The dye stock will safely last for 6-12 months. I have some dye stock that has lasted me +2 years.

To use the dye, add some vinegar or citric acid to your dye pot filled with water. I always use a pH tester to check the acidity of the dyebath. These dyes work best when the pH is between 3-4. A lower pH can cause the wool to become harsh, much the same as a high pH can do to wool.

To dye a strong colour, I add a tablespoon of dye stock to the dyebath, mix the solution and heat the dyebath to +60 degrees C and add wetted wool or silk. It is best if the yarn has been thoroughly soaked in water first, in order to get an even colour. For stronger colour, add more dye. To get lighter shades add less dye.
In order to mix colours, you can add one or more of the dye stock colours to the dyepot. You will need to experiment to see what colours you can create.

I don’t like to waste dyes so I never throw out the dye solutions but reuse them until all of the dye has exhausted and the water is clear. If you can’t complete all your dye work on the same day, the dyes can be kept and reused for several days. Sometimes a bit of mould may develop on top of the dye solution. This is caused by the vinegar that has been added to the dye solution. You can safely wipe this off with a paper towel and continue using the dye solution until exhausted.

If you need to dispose of the dyes, it is best to pour them into the sewage system where the dye is removed by adsorption onto the activated sludge at the local treatment plant and so does not enter the environment.

I now have these dyes available for sale as a dye kit. The kit will include 10 grams of each dye colour. This is sufficient dye to make 1 litre of each dye in a 1% dye stock solution.
The colours included in the dye kit are the 3 prime colours (Magenta, Cyan, Yellow) and 2 Worker colours that enable you to make different shades of red and blue more easily.

Magenta – Rhodamine Acid Red 52
Cyan – Acid Green 25
Yellow – Tartrazine E102
Worker Red – Acid Red 57
Worker Blue – Acid Blue 62

Total Price per dye kit: £35.00
plus shipping

Please contact me if you would like more information.

I have MSDS sheets available on request.

Shibori Indigo Dye Workshop

You will learn the basics of how to prepare and maintain an Indigo dye vat. We will use 2 or 3 different Indigo vats, a Indigo/Fructose, an Indigo/Henna and an Indigo/Iron vat. You will have the opportunity to dye linen and cotton fabrics with the Indigo vats and experience the subtle difference between the different Indigo vats.

We will cover some Shibori resist dye methods using traditional Japanese knotting and stitching techniques for adding additional patterning to the dyed fabrics. You will go away with an Indigo dyed cotton scarf or towel, a cotton market bag and hand dyed cotton and linen fabric samples.

All dyes and course materials will be provided.
Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be provided. Please bring along a packed lunch.

Course length: approx. 6 hours
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Course Fee: £125
Materials Fee: £35
Total £150

2 persons £250
Students: £135

I have a small studio space so can only accomodate up to 2 participants at a time.
Please Note:
Due to recent illness, dye workshops will resume again in April.

Dye Flora Plant Dyes Workshop
50 Shades of Colour Dye Workshop

Craft Courses Indigo Dye Workshop

Spin Flora not Fauna Workshop

A hand spinning workshop for the discerning hand spinner who wants to try something new. With developments in textile technology, wonderful new fibres for the hand spinner have become available. Derived from materials previously thought of as waste, these fibres are reclaimed from plants such as bamboo, bananas, rose stems, mint and other cellulose materials. You will get a surprise goodie bag of several different, luxurious flora spinning fibres to spin during the class. This hand spinning course is designed for the more experienced hand spinner.

Spin Flora Starter Pack
Spin Flora Fibres

The hand spinning courses require that you bring your own spinning wheel. Sometimes I will have an extra spinning wheel that you can borrow for the workshop.

Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Course Length: 6 hours

Workshop Fee: £125.00
Materials: £25.00
Total: £150.00

Students: £125.00
2 persons: £250.00
The course fee includes materials required for the workshop.

Additional spinning fibre may be purchased afterwards if you would like more practice.
Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided. Please bring along a packed lunch.

Dye Flora Plant Dyes Workshop

You will learn the basics of how to dye cellulose fibres: e.g linen and cotton with traditional and locally sourced plant dyes. Cellulose fibres require different mordant preparations than wool, and take longer to dye than protein fibres. This workshop is a bit longer in length than most of the other workshops that I offer, in order to allow sufficient time for the mordant and dye processes. This plant dye course is designed for the beginner.
The workshop will include dyes such as Madder (oranges and pinks) Weld (yellow) and Indigo (blue) as well as other plant dyes (Birch bark, elderberry, alkanet) and other dye plants that are in season and have been sourced locally. We will cover information about how to safely use different mordants suitable for plant fibres, how to collect local dye plants and how to prepare a mordant and plant dye bath.

You will go away with a plant dyed cotton towel or dyed cotton market bag, and several fabric dye swatches of linen and cotton materials or dyed yarn samples.

All dyes and course materials will be provided. Please do not bring along your own fabrics.
If you wish to learn how to dye wool and other protein fibres with natural plant dyes, please contact me for more information.
Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be served. Please bring along a packed lunch.

Course length: approx. 7 hours
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Course Fee: £150
Materials Fee: £25
Total: £175

Student Rate: £150

I can offer a slight discount for 2 participants.
Total cost: £285

My studio space and dye pots are small so I am only able to accomodate up to 2 participants per class.
Please Note:
Due to recent illness Dye workshops will resume in April.

Plant Dyed Cotton / Linen
Plant Dyed Cotton / Linen

50 Shades of Colour Dye Workshop
Shibori Indigo Dye Workshop
Craft Courses Dye Workshop

Natural Dyed Cotton Yarns
Natural Dyed Cotton Yarns

Please visit my Etsy shop to see a selection of my natural dyed yarns.

50 Shades of Colour Dye Workshop

50 Shades of Colour Dye Workshop
Learn how to create your own unique colour palette using 3 prime colours. You will learn how to use environmentally friendly acid based dyes and how to mix colours to get the shade that you want. In this workshop we will work with the 3 prime colours, Magenta, Yellow and Cyan, to create 50 new shades of colour.
This workshop is designed for the beginner dyer. The dyes that we use are suitable for wool, silk and other protein fibres. If you wish to dye cotton or linen yarns, these require a different type of dye such as Procion MX and this workshop would not be suitable for you.
You will dye approximately 200 grams of wool yarn that can be used for knitting, crochet, tapestry weaving or other craft projects.

50 Shades of Colour
50 Shades of Colour

50 Shades of Colour Dye Workshop
Course Length: 4 hours
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided. Please bring along a packed lunch.

Course Fee: £60
Materials Fee: £15
Total Cost: £75
2 persons: £130

It generally takes about 4 hours to dye all of the colours, but this time can vary depending on the dye baths.

A £10.00 non-refundable deposit will be required on booking. Please contact me for further information or if you would like to register for a course.
The Materials fee covers the cost of the yarns and dyes required for the workshop.

I have developed my own range of acid dyes for all of my dyework. If you like the colours and how the dyes work, Paivatar Acid Dyes will be available for sale after the workshop.

50 Shades Dye Baths
50 Shades Dye Baths

All of the workshops are provided in my home studio. I keep the class sizes small so that I can provide individual instruction.

Please contact me if you are interested in any of my workshops.

If these dates are not convenient for you, please contact me to arrange another time.

Dye Flora Beginner Plant Dyes Workshop
Shibori Indigo Dye Workshop

Hand Spinning Workshops
Feltmaking Workshops
Craft Courses.com

Contact Info:
Paivi Suomi
22 Ferry Drive
Chichester
West Sussex UK
PO19 8GJ
Mobile: 075 4027 7705
Email: paivatar.yarns@gmail.com

Beginner Weaving Workshop

This beginner weaving workshop is designed for those who are interested in learning to weave, but have never woven on a loom before. It is an introductory weaving course that will give you a chance to learn to weave on a few different styles of table looms. Before you delve into the more complex issues of how to warp the loom, how to calculate how much yarn you need, how to design or choose a pattern, I think it is best to try to weave something to see if you like the process of weaving and creating cloth.

I have 2 styles of table looms available – a Rigid heddle loom and an Ashford 4 shaft table loom. Each loom has its advantages and are designed for making different styles of cloth. You will have the opportunity to try both. Both looms are pre-warped so you don’t need to learn the complicated stuff just yet.

Please Note:
Since I was diagnosed with breast cancer several months ago, I have had to reduce the number of workshops that I can provide per month. I am doing better healthwise now, but have to be careful not to take on too much at once.
I have a waiting list of those who have enquired about workshops. Your understanding and patience is appreciated.

4 Shaft Table Loom
The Ashford Table Loom has been pre-warped with multi-coloured cotton yarns and has been threaded to a variation of twill pattern designs. Using the table loom you will be able to weave a small tea towel and experiment with the use of colour and pattern in the project.

Ashford Table Loom
Ashford Table Loom
Ashford Table Loom Towel Warp
Ashford Table Loom Towel Warp

Rigid Heddle Loom
The rigid heddle loom is a 2 shaft loom that is suitable for weaving simple cloth such as wooly scarves or placemats using thicker yarns. You can also do free-form weaving with thick multi-coloured yarns creating a tapestry style of weave.
The Ashford rigid heddle loom has been pre-warped and is ready to go. A selection of hand spun and commercial weft yarns are available for you to weave with to create your own table mat or free-form design.

Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom
Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom
Rigid Heddle Loom Workshop
Rigid Heddle Loom Workshop
Free-Form Rigid Heddle Weaving
Free-Form Rigid Heddle Weaving
How to Warp a Rigid Heddle Loom Workshop
How to Warp a Rigid Heddle Loom Workshop

Beginner Loom Weaving Workshop
Course Length: 6 hours
Time: 10 am to 4 pm

The course fee covers instruction and all materials.
Course Fee: £125
Materials: £10
Total: £135.00

Students: £100.00

Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided.
Please note: Due to recent illness, Weaving workshops will resume in March.

A £10.00 non-refundable deposit will be required on booking. Please contact me for further information or if you would like to register for a course.
All of the workshops are provided in my home studio. I prefer to offer one to one workshops so that I can provide individual instruction.

50 Shades of Colour Dye Workshop

50 Shades of Colour Dye Workshop
Learn how to create your own unique colour palette using 3 prime colours. You will learn how to use environmentally friendly acid based dyes and how to mix colours to get the shade that you want. In this workshop we will work with the 3 prime colours, Magenta, Yellow and Cyan, to create 50 new shades of colour. This workshop is designed for the beginner dyer.
You will dye approximately 100 grams of yarn that can be used for knitting, crochet, tapestry weaving or other craft projects.

50 Shades of Colour
50 Shades of Colour

Course Length: 4 hours
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided. Please bring along a packed lunch.

Course Fee: £60.00
Materials Fee: £15.00
Total Fee £75.00 (1 person)
2 persons: £130.00

It generally takes about 4 hours to dye all of the colours, but this time can vary depending on the dye baths.

I use my own range of dyes for all of my dyework. If you like the colours and how they work, Paivatar Dye Kits will be available for sale after the workshop.

A £10.00 non-refundable deposit will be required on booking. Please contact me for further information or if you would like to register for a course.

50 Shades of Colour Dye Workshop
50 Shades of Colour
50 Shades Dye Baths
50 Shades Dye Baths

All of the workshops are provided in my home studio. I keep the class sizes small so that I can provide individual instruction.

Hand Spinning Workshops

Craft Courses.com

Follow me on Twitter to get the latest news about upcoming workshops.

Contact Info:
Paivi Suomi
22 Ferry Drive
Chichester
West Sussex UK
PO19 8GJ
Mobile: 075 4027 7705
Email: paivatar.yarns@gmail.com

How to Warp a Beaivi Loom Workshop

This workshop will teach you how to warp and weave pickup designs on a Beaivi Double hole rigid heddle loom. You will learn how to warp the loom using a warping board. We will use 9 pattern threads and you will learn how to weave pickup with a selection of different braid weaving patterns.

Beaivi Loom Warp
Beaivi Loom Warp

A double hole rigid heddle is similar to the standard weaving reeds that have one set of holes and one set of slots. These carry the ground weave of the band. A second set of holes has been added above the first set of holes. The top row of holes carry the warp pattern threads and are usually a thicker weight of yarn and are a contrasting colour.
As you weave the band, the pattern threads are lifted to the surface of the band or dropped to run below the surface, creating the patterns. The pattern will be in reverse on the back side of the braid. This technique is similar to the Finnish style of Finnweave or double weave pickup.

How to Warp a Beaivi Double Hole Rigid Heddle
Course Length: 6 hours
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided. Please bring along a packed lunch. If you already own a Beaivi loom or other double hole heddle, please bring that along. For those who don’t yet own one, a Beaivi loom will be provided for the course.

Course Fee: £125.00
Materials Fee: £5.00

A £10.00 non-refundable deposit will be required on booking. Please contact me for further information or if you would like to register for a course.
The Materials fee covers the cost of the yarns required for the workshop. You may purchase a Beaivi loom if you wish, at the end of the workshop.
Beaivi Loom Cost: £30.00

All of the workshops are provided in my home studio. I keep the class sizes small so that I can provide individual instruction.

Saami Band Weaving Workshops

Beginner Saami Pickup Band Weaving Learn the basics of how to weave pickup using a Beaivi double hole rigid heddle loom.
Warp a Beaivi Loom Workshop Learn how to warp a Beaivi loom and how to weave pickup patterns.

Hand Spinning Workshops
Felt Making Workshops

Follow me on Twitter to get the latest news about upcoming workshops.

Contact Info:
Paivi Suomi
22 Ferry Drive
Chichester
West Sussex UK
PO19 8GJ
Mobile: 075 4027 7705
Email: paivatar.yarns@gmail.com

Beginner Saami Pickup Band Weaving

Learn how to weave pickup designs on a Saami 2 hole rigid heddle loom. You will be provided with a pre-warped double hole weaving reed (Beaivi Loom) You will learn to understand and interpret the weaving drafts. You will gain practice on how to weave the band and how to pickup and drop the warp threads to create patterns. This workshop is designed for the beginner braid weaver.

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A double hole rigid heddle is similar to the standard weaving reeds that have one set of holes and one set of slots. These carry the ground weave of the band. A second set of holes has been added above the first set of holes. The top row of holes carry the warp pattern threads and are usually a thicker weight of yarn and are a contrasting colour.
As you weave the band, the pattern threads are lifted to the surface of the band or dropped to run below the surface, creating the patterns. The pattern will be in reverse on the back side of the band. This technique is similar to the Finnish style of Finnweave or double weave pickup.

Beginner Saami Pickup Band Weaving Workshop
Course Length: 6 hours
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Coffee, tea and refreshments will be provided. Please bring along a packed lunch.

Course Fee, Beaivi Loom and Materials: £150.00

Student Rate: £125.00

A £10.00 non-refundable deposit will be required on booking. Please contact me for further information or if you would like to register for a course.
You will be provided with a pre-warped Beaivi Loom and sufficient weft yarn to complete a 3 meter band. You will be able to take the Beaivi Loom home with you.

All of the workshops are provided in my home studio. I keep the class sizes small so that I can provide individual instruction.

Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to book a workshop.

Saami Band Weaving Workshops

Beginner Saami Pickup Band Weaving Learn the basics of how to weave pickup using a Beaivi double hole rigid heddle loom.
Warp a Beaivi Loom Workshop Learn how to warp a Beaivi loom and how to weave pickup patterns.

Hand Spinning Workshops
Felt Making Workshops

Follow me on Twitter to get the latest news about upcoming workshops.

Contact Info:
Paivi Suomi
22 Ferry Drive
Chichester
West Sussex UK
PO19 8GJ
Mobile: 075 4027 7705
Email: paivatar.yarns@gmail.com