Kim Eichler-Messmer


Dye Information

Hello! Dyeing fabric is one of my favorite things ever. I have 17 years experience with synthetic dyes and have been learning as much as I can about natural dyes since 2015. I'm happy to share my dye recipes and instructions with you. Please feel free to download and use these full color booklets. If you share any of the information, please attribute it back to me. And learning in person is always better. If you want me to come teach a workshop for your group or guild, contact me.


These instructions are provided for free, but cumulatively they represent many hours of work in testing and writing. Donations are welcome, but not required. $5 each is suggested.

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Procion Fiber Reactive MX dyes - easy

 Procion Fiber Reactive MX dyes are synthetic dyes formulated specifically for cellulose (cotton, linen, rayon, etc) fibers. These dyes are great for beginners and advanced dyers alike. Two easy techniques.

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Procion Fiber Reactive MX dyes - advanced

If you want to really control your color and create scale-able and reproducible colors - this is for you. It helps to have some dye experience and be comfortable with basic math. 

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Indigo - two natural vats + clay resist

Indigo is a magical dye that comes from a plant and creates the most gorgeous blue imaginable. This handout gives you all the info you need to make, use, and tend a fermented vat or a ferrous vat. PLUS how to make and use clay resist with indigo.

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Natural Dyes - a primer - Updated

Learn the basics of using natural dyes (from plants and insects) on cotton and other cellulose fabrics. Perfect for quilters who want to get started using natural dyes.